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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Dolly Parton and legendary 1980s performers

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony on November 5, 2022 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. Inductees included Duran Duran, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, Lionel Richie, Eminem, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo were inducted as performers. Music producers and writers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis received their Musical Excellence honors in a collaboration with Judas Priest. Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotten received the Early Influences honorary induction, and Allen Grubman, Jimmy Iovine, and Sylvia Robinson received the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

As with all Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, there were highs and lows, and it all depends on your personal experience with the performers in question and how you experience the passing of your youth. In this class, a lot of people I grew up listening to on the car radio and beyond vinyl. For me, the highlights were the performance of Pat Benatar and her music and life partner Neil Giraldo. That’s what I always thought when Benatar was around appreciated in the pantheon of popular performers, she was silent underestimated.

Recognized for their cannon of pop music as both songwriters and producers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have worked with everyone from Michael and Janet Jackson to Rod Stewart and Mariah Carey. The Eurythmics, made up of singer Annie Lennox and musician Dave Stewart also brought their talents to the show and were worth watching. Duran Duran put in a solid performance after struggling through technical issues at the venue. Missing was Andy Taylor, who was unable to attend due to illness (he has been battling metastatic prostate cancer for a few years). Singer Simon LeBon read a Taylor’s statement during their introduction. Lionel Richie sang some of his hits and shared the stage with Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, who performed a guitar solo on “Like Sunday Morning.”

The big ticket item on the night was Dolly Parton, who was voted into the Hall of Fame earlier this year. She initially declined the nomination, saying she didn’t feel she had it earned the “right”, before being showered with an embarrassing amount of admiration and indulgence. Parton performed “Jolene” along with the rest of the group at the end of the show, but not before revealing a new song about her life’s relationship with rock and roll music. She’s one of the greats for a reason.

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