The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced hip-hop icon Eminem will be inducted into its ranks. This makes him the tenth hip-hop act to be honored with this award in the organization’s history.
Eminem’s 2022 Hall of Fame Induction
Eminem, along with country singer Dolly Parton, R&B icon Lionel Richie and several others have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The “Marshall Mathers” rapper is only the tenth hip-hop act to be inducted into the Hall of Fame since the organization was founded in 1983.
Eminem has yet to comment on the honor.
Artists become eligible for induction twenty-five years after the release of their first commercial recording. However, Hip-Hop artists were notoriously excluded from the honor and women were also underrepresented with less than eight percent of inductees being women. After years of criticism on the topic of diversity, the Rock Hall has pointedly attempted to expand its range in recent years. In 2007, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five became the first rap group inductees, and Tupac Shakur the first solo rap artists in 2017. Jay-Z and LL Cool J were inducted in 2021 as well as the late Whitney Houston and superstar, Janet Jackson.
Jay-Z Shouts Out Dame Dash
Jay-Z took the opportunity during his Hall of Fame induction speech to acknowledge his former partner, Dame Dash. According to Dame, the last time the two spoke was circa 2013. At the time, he said he wished they could’ve “hammered things out” together instead of with lawyers.