On February 2, 2022 the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation released the list of nominees for eligibility into the Hall of Fame. 

This year’s list of nominees is an eclectic mix of artists from Country music to Rap and Pop to R&B. An artist become eligible for nomination 25 years after their first recording.

Of the list of 17 nominees, seven are on the list for the first time.  Rapper and a part of this year’s Super Bowl halftime entertainment Eminem made the list in his first year of eligibility.  Also on the list for the first time are Beck, Duran Duran, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, and A Tribe Called Quest.

The remaining nominees are Pat Benatar, Kate Bush, DEVO, the Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Fela Kuti, MC5, the New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, and Dionne Warwick.

Chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation John Sykes spoke on the nominees saying, “this year’s ballot recognizes a diverse group of incredible artists, each who has had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture. Their music not only moved generations but also influenced the sound of countless artists that followed.”

Over 1,000 international artists, historians, and music industry personnel cast their votes for which nominees they feel deserve induction into the Hall of Fame.  Influence and longevity are considered when the members cast their votes. 

But music fans will also get a say in who will become a member of The Hall.  From now to April 29, 2022 fans may cast their votes once each day at rockhall.com while visiting the Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.  The top five vote getters in the public vote will earn the “fan vote” and will be counted as one vote along with the professional voters.

The 2022 class of the Hall of Fame will be revealed in May with the induction ceremony later this year.

Meet the 2022 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees:

A Tribe Called Quest
Beck
Carly Simon
DEVO
Dionne Warwick
Dolly Parton
Duran Duran
Eminem
Eurythmics
Fela Kuti
Judas Priest
Kate Bush
Lionel Richie
MC5
New York Dolls
Pat Benatar
Rage Against the Machine

photos courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame