Eminem, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, Duran Duran and Pat Benatar were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a list that also includes Dolly Parton, who initially stood up to the honor.
The honorees – voted for by over 1,000 artists, historians and music industry professionals – “each had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture and helped change the course of rock ‘n’ roll,” said John Sykes, president of Rock Hall, in a statement Wednesday.
Parton had gone to social media to “respectfully withdraw” from the trial, saying she did not want to take votes away from the remaining candidates and had “not earned that right.” The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation responded by saying the ballots had already been submitted and it was up to voters to decide if Parton was elected. Parton later said she would accept an induction.
To be eligible, artists must have released their first record 25 years before the induction. Parton, Richie, Simon and Duran Duran were selected in their first go-round. Simon was first nominated this year more than 25 years after he became eligible. Eminem becomes the 10th hip-hop group to be inducted, making the cut on his first ballot.
The hall also announced Wednesday that Judas Priest and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will receive the award for musical excellence and that Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotten will be honored with the Early Influence Award.
Other artists and groups that have failed to enter the artist category this year are A Tribe Called Quest, Rage Against the Machine, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon, Beck, Kate Bush, DEVO, Fela Kuti, MC5 and the New York Dolls .
Parton is most associated with country music and is in the Country Hall of Fame, but has performed songs with a rock twist. Artists who have made both Rock Hall and Country Hall of Fame include Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Hank Williams and the Everly Brothers.
The inauguration ceremony will be held on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.