Last week, when it was announced that Eminem would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year along with Dolly Parton, Judas Priest, Pat Benatar and Duran Duran, the rapper joined a growing list of hip-hop artists . who received the honor.
Over the past decade, the Rock Hall has gradually moved away from the strict definition of rock in its most conventional terms, with Public Enemy, NWA, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious BIG and Jay-Z among those to be inducted.
In fact, in 2009, Em himself inducted Run-DMC into the Hall of Fame. At last year’s ceremony, he and inductee LL Cool J performed “Rock the Bells” together.
Now, in a recent interview with Audacy, Rock Hall President Greg Harris discussed Eminem’s inclusion among this year’s inductees and hip-hop’s growing presence in the Hall of Fame.
“For many years people have asked about hip-hop. [Eminem is] the 10th artist to sort of be ranked that way,” Harris explained during the conversation.
“But you listen to his music, it’s as punchy and direct as any metal song. It’s right there. It’s a punch with a message and with a power and with a beat and with a group,” he continued. “We are delighted that he is entering [his] first year of eligibility. It’s a big statement.
This year’s Rock and Roll Hame of Fame ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Other artists to be inducted include Lionel Richie, Eurythmics and Carly Simon.