Beck, Rage Against the Machine, Judas Priest and Kate Bush are among the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees.
Other names on the ballot include Pat Benatar, DEVO, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Fela Kuti, MC5, New York Dolls, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, A Tribe Called Quest and Dionne Warwick.
To be eligible for induction, an artist must have released their first commercial recording 25 years before the year of their nomination.
Beck is being nominated for the first time. Speaking with ABC Audio, Vice President of Education and Visitor Engagement Jason Hanley points to the “Loser” artist’s ever-eclectic sound as a reason for induction.
“When you think of Beck, you can think of folk, soul, funk, hip hop, electronica, rock — just even good old fashioned rock,” Hanley says.
Rage, meanwhile, has been nominated several times before, but while fellow ’90s bands Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers have gotten inducted, the “Killing in the Name” outfit is still on the outside looking in. Hanley, however, is optimistic about Rage’s chances in 2022.
“I do think that Rage Against the Machine will have its day,” Hanley says. “I think the importance of the music, not just from the sound of it and the innovations they made there, but the message and the political activism the band stood for and still does to this day, I think will, hopefully, one day be recognized by the voters.”
As for Priest, an induction might help soothe the critics who think the Rock Hall has an anti-metal bias.
“[Judas Priest is] the band that takes the early days of heavy metal from bands like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, and they turn it into what we know as metal,” Hanley says.
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