As previously reported, Eminem is among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2022 inductees, along with Dolly Parton, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar and others.
Although Eminem is known as a rapper, Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris says his music is as “hard hitting” as metal is.
Even though artists are eligible for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single, iconic hard rock and metal groups like IRON MAIDEN and MOTÖRHEAD have yet to be recognized by the institution, which inducted GUNS N’ ROSES in that band’s first year of eligibility.
“From its inception, Rock and Roll has had deep roots in Rhythm and Blues and Country music. It is not defined by any one genre, rather a sound that moves youth culture,” Rock Hall wrote. “Dolly Parton‘s music impacted a generation of young fans and influenced countless artists that followed. Her nomination to be considered for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame followed the same process as all other artists who have been considered.”
“For a lot of years people asked about hip hop. He’s the 10th artist to be sort of categorized that way. But you listen to his music, it is as hard hitting and straight ahead as any metal song,” Harris said. “It’s right there. It’s a chest punch with a message and with a power and with a rhythm and with a band. We’re thrilled he’s going in [his] first year of eligibility, it’s a big statement.”
You can listen to full interview below.