During his first year of eligibility, the one and only Marshall Mathers will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After Jay-Z, Eminem is the second solo hip-hop artist currently alive to join the Hall of Fame - and the 20th Detroit performer to join the big leagues. Here's what we know so far.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an elite institution that recognizes artists and their celebrated lifetime achievements. So basically, it's a big deal, and even more so, that a hip-hop artist is joining this year's class. The decision to induct one of the most powerful names in hip-hop comes as no surprise to us, knowing Slim holds down the title as one of the greatest rappers to exist. With 15 Grammys, three diamond albums, singles, and a whole lot more, there's nothing he can't do. Being inducted through the performer's category this year, Slim Shady is joined by Dolly Parton, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar, Eurythmics, and Carly Simon.
The legend took to Twitter a few days after the inductees for this year were announced, with a cartoon image of himself standing in front of a group of Minions. "The Minions congratulate Eminem. Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2022," he wrote. Following the tweet, fans spiraled trying to guess if Eminem will be a part of the upcoming Minions: Rise Of Guru movie, hitting theatres this summer. The artist recently promoted the film with a trailer featuring Lose Yourself in the background. So, we're hoping that little green minion hanging out in the back is Marshall himself...
Once the announcement was made, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s CEO Greg Harris interviewed with Taryn Daly of Audacy, saying, "For a lot of years, people asked about hip hop," he noted. "He is the tenth artist to be sort of categorized that way. But you listen to his music, it is as hard-hitting and straight ahead as any metal song. It is right there. It is a chest punch with a message and with a power and with a rhythm and with a band." The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on November 5 in L.A. and available for streaming on HBO and HBO Max - and you already know we'll be there.