Judas Priest will finally be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
After a shortlist of 17 potential artists was unveiled earlier this year, it has now been officially confirmed that Judas Priest will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, 23 years after he was first eligible.
Priest will receive the Music Achievement Award at the induction ceremony later this year on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.
The band’s induction has been a long time coming. Long considered one of the biggest rebuffs of the event, Judas Priest’s induction marks the third time the band has been nominated for an award, following failed attempts in 2018 and 2020.
In response to the successful induction, singer Priest Rob Halford said Billboard“The other day I was snooping around the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame website, and when you look at the talent roster there, it’s absolutely amazing.
“It’s a very, very important institution to recognize various people who have been in music since the beginning of music, from the beginning of rock ‘n’ roll,” he added. “Being a part of that is like, wow…
“And glory hallelujah, there is another metal band now. This is the blessing we have all been waiting for. I think it validates the true musical adventure that Judas Priest has been on since Rocka Rolla (in 1974). We are a band that has taken you through many, many different dimensions of metal.
Halford also went on to say that former members of Priest, including KK Downing, have “every right to be part of the event.”
“I’m very happy for everyone,” Halford noted. “There is no bitterness. There is no angst. There are no such things lying around. If there is, you have to push it all away. You need to put it aside and simply understand, accept and respect this wonderful opportunity and what it represents in terms of recognition and celebration.
Another notable inclusion in the list of inductees is the late Elizabeth Cotten – the self-taught, left-handed blues guitarist who pioneered the “Cotten picking” technique – who received the Early Influence Award for the lasting impact she she had on the blues scene.
One of the most inspiring left-handed guitarists to ever pick up a guitar, Cotten wrote his most notable work, Freight trainaged just 12 around 1904, although credit for its composition was eventually taken by two English songwriters when it became a hit in the 1950s.
In its biography of Cotten, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame praised the fingerstyle player for her “musical inventiveness”, which “has influenced countless other musicians”.
“Freight train is still an immortal American folk classic,” wrote Rock Hall, “and many of its songs have become staples in the repertoires of thousands of artists who have preserved its unique musical heritage.
Joining Judas Priest and Cotten on the induction list are Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis – the R&B producer/multi-instrumentalist duo, who also receive the Music Achievement Award – as well as Duran Duran, Eurythmics and Lionel Richie, who receive awards. nods in the Performer category.
Carly Simon, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Eminem and – although he wanted to withdraw his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination in March – Dolly Parton also received the performer award.
The induction list is completed by Allen Grubman, Jimmy Iovine and Sylvia Robinson, who will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
Notably, this is the first time in the Rock Hall’s 37-year history that six female artists have been inducted at one time.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame President John Sykes said of the list, “This diverse group of inductees each had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture and helped change the course of the rock’n’roll. Their music has moved generations and influenced so many artists who have followed.
The induction ceremony will take place on November 5 and will air on HBO and HBO Max at a later date.
To learn more about each inductee, visit Rock & Roll Hall of Fame website.