Rock Hall CEO Says Eminem’s Music Is “As Hard-hitting” As Metal
Eminem is part of the class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2022, along with Dolly Parton, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar and others. Although he is known musically as a rapper, Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris says his music is as “punchy” as metal.
The Rock Hall has been criticized for years for including artists who don’t necessarily fall under the sonic “rock ‘n’ roll” umbrella. Earlier this year, Parton actually tried to withdraw her nomination from the organization because she didn’t feel worthy of the title. Hall declined her request shortly after and explained his decision to keep her in the running.
“Since its inception, rock and roll has had deep roots in Rhythm and Blues and country music. It is not defined by any particular genre, but rather by a sound that rocks youth culture,” they said. they wrote. “Dolly Parton’s music impacted a generation of young fans and influenced countless artists who 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.”
Eminem has undoubtedly been one of the most influential musicians of the last few decades and now joins several other Rock Hall hip-hop artists including Jay-Z, LL Cool J, The Notorious BIG and many more. In an interview with Audacy, the CEO praised Eminem and his contributions to music.
“For many years people have asked about hip hop. He is the 10and artist to be kind of categorized that way. But you listen to his music, it’s as punchy and direct as any metal song,” Harris said. “It’s right there. It’s a chest kick with a message and with power and with rhythm and with a band. We are delighted that he is entering [his] first year of eligibility, that’s a big statement.”
Harris further pointed out that Eminem has previously appeared at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies for Run-DMC and LL Cool J.
Listen to the full interview below.
Eminem’s impact was so profound that the word “stan” was added to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary in 2019 to describe “an extremely or excessively enthusiastic and devoted fan”. The term comes from his 2000 hit song of the same name, which told the story of an obsessive superfan.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2022 induction ceremony will take place on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.