Dolly Parton and Eminem inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Dolly Parton led a supergroup in a rousing rendition of Jolene as Eminem rocked the room at Saturday’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame gala, which inducted its most eclectic group of artists in years in an ode to the spirit of rock.

The country music queen and rap agitator was joined by pop futurists Eurythmics, slick rocker Lionel Richie, faith-based lyricist Carly Simon and tough rock duo Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo to enter the pantheon music.

“I’m a rock star now!” Parton shouted as she took the stage, fists in the air.

The singer, 76, had tried to decline the prestigious honor because she didn’t feel rock enough — “I didn’t realize at the time that it was a little more than that”, she said.

Artists such as Pink and Brandi Carlile have come together to perform Dolly classics, including 9 to 5before Parton returned to the stage in a stunning tight outfit dripping with chains.

She then performed her new rock song, which included a wicked solo she played on a crystal-encrusted electric guitar.

“I still got rock and roll in my country soul / And I will until the cows come home,” she said.

Eminem delivered a mix of old and new hits, after one of music’s provocative masters went to quintessential My name is.

Eminem performs at the event.  Reuters

His trusted mentor, Dr. Dre, inducted the artist behind The Marshall Mathers Album – one of the best-selling albums of all time – which earned coveted venue recognition in its first year of eligibility.

The superstar has built a massive career on his blistering flow and lyrical talent, but has occasionally fueled it with eyebrow-raising controversy.

Eminem invited none other than Steven Tyler to perform Sing for nowwho samples the track of his band Aerosmith Dreamand Ed Sheeran made a surprise appearance to sing Dido’s Thanks sample in Stan.

The rapper, 50, then donned his glasses to read his acceptance speech, discussing the obstacles he overcame including a troubled childhood and addiction.

But he spent most of his time on the podium thanking dozens of fellow rappers.

“They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it took a whole genre and culture to raise me,” he said. “I’m a high school dropout, man, with a hip-hop upbringing, and these are my teachers.

“And it’s their night as much as mine.”

For the Class of 2022, the hallowed institution has continued to bring rappers, pop, R&B and country music stars into its fold.

Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie speaks after his induction.  AFP

“Rock and roll isn’t a color, it’s a feeling, it’s a vibe,” Richie said to a chorus of cheers.

“If we let that vibe through, this room will grow and grow.”

Richie’s spectacular performance included vocals with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, who offered guitar riffs to accompany the classic Easy (like Sunday morning).

Synth-pop pioneers Eurythmics — the duo of Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart — also took their place among rock’s greatest, but not before delivering a performance that included their classic Sweet dreams are made of this).

And Duran Duran met the moment with a best-of medley including Girls in the cinema and hungry like a wolf.

Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon and Roger Taylor of Duran Duran with their trophy.  AFP

But the British band also reserved a dark moment for former member Andy Taylor. Frontman Simon Le Bon read a letter written by the guitarist which revealed he had been battling stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer for years.

But Taylor said he’s “really glad I’m here to see the light of day” that the hitmakers have entered the rock hall.

Carly Simon, known for her deeply personal writing, was inducted by Sara Bareilles but was unable to attend because two of her sisters recently died of cancer.

“One of the greatest things about music,” Simon said in a post read by Bareilles, “is its unearthly talent for creating physical art from formless emotions like joy and pain. “.

Pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo then took the stage to perform Simon’s seminal 1970s hit You are so vainas the audience, including Carlile and LL Cool J, shook their heads and sang along.

Inducted by Sheryl Crow, Benatar and Giraldo delivered a heart-pounding rendition of their best songs, including love is a battlefield and Heart Breaker.

And none other than Bruce Springsteen, who was on hand Saturday to give a special induction into master producer Jimmy Iovine, took the stage to perform alongside John Mellencamp in honor of the late Jerry Lee Lewis.

The Boss killed off a fiery guitar solo as the band delivered a rousing version of the original Hall of Famer’s large balls of fire.

Updated: 06 November 2022, 12:34

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