Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, And More Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
As we wrote earlier today, Duran Duran were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this weekend.
The British heroes were joined by Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Eurythmics, Eminem, Carly Simon, Dolly Parton, and Lionel Richie in the Performers category.
Meanwhile, Judas Priest and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis won the Musical Excellence Award.
Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotten received the Early Influence Award. At the same time, Jimmy Iovine, Allen Grubman, and Sylvia Robinson won the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performing musical professionals who influenced rock and roll music.
The ceremony’s most significant moments included Lionel Richie performing a string of hits, such as Hello and the crowd-favourite All Night Long. Dave Grohl joined him on guitar and vocals during his performance of the Commodores‘ hit, Easy. The pair previously collaborated on the Foo Fighters film, Studio 666.
Eminem, inducted by his longtime collaborator Dr. Dre, played a medley including My Name Is, Rap God, Not Afraid and Forever, and brought out Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler for a live recreation of the Dream On sample found on Sing For The Moment and Ed Sheeran to reprise Dido‘s chorus on Stan.
While Carly Simon did not attend the event while grieving the loss of her two sisters a day apart last month, Sara Bareilles inducted her into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame before performing Nobody Does It Better and was accompanied by Olivia Rodrigo for You’re So Vain.
While Dolly Parton initially insisted that she was not “rock worthy” upon her nomination, she certainly seemed like a rockstar on stage.
Performing Jolene, Parton was joined by an all-rocking cast of guitarist Zac Brown, country singer Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow, P!nk, Annie Lennox, Pat Benatar, Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon, and the Metal God himself, Rob Halford. Halford sang the classic hit arm in arm with Parton on an occasion nobody could have predicted.
Judas Priest also performed at the ceremony after getting inducted by Alice Cooper. Celebrating 50 years of metal, original guitarist K.K. Downing joined the iconic band for the first time since he left the band in 2011. Early drummer Les Binks also took the stage.
Judas Priest performed You Got Another Thing Comin’, Breakin’ The Law, and Livin’ After Midnight. The full lineup of the band on stage was Halford, Downing, Binks, guitarist Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis.
The ceremony closed with a tribute to the late Jerry Lee Lewis, with Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp covering Great Balls Of Fire.
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