2022 ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO
NEW YORK, NY(SMI-ENTERTAINMENT, 05.04-08, 2022)-The Rock and Roll foundation announced today May 04, its 2022 Inductees in the following performers categories : Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie & Carly Simon, whom will be honor during an induction ceremony on November 05, 2022 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.
"This diverse group of inductees each had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture and helped change the course of rock & roll, " said John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. " Their music moved generations and influenced so many artists that followed ".
The 2022 Rock & Roll inductees were classified in 4 categories:
• Performers: artists who have created music whose originality, impact, and
influence has changed the course of rock & roll.
• Early Influence Award: artists whose music and performance style have directly influenced, inspired, and evolved rock & roll and music impacting youth culture.
• Ahmet Ertegun Award: non-performing industry professionals who have had a
major influence on the creative development and growth of rock & roll and music that has impacted youth culture.
• Musical Excellence Award: given to artists, musicians, songwriters and
producers whose originality and influence creating music have had a dramatic
impact on music.
To be eligible, artists are required to have released their first record 25 years prior to Induction. Eminem, Duran Duran, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, and Carly Simon were on the ballot for the first time. This is Eminem’s first year of eligibility. This is the first year in the Hall’s 37-year history that six female acts will be inducted in one class.
The 37th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on
Saturday, November 5, 2022 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. The
Induction Ceremony will air at a later date on HBO and stream on HBO Max, along witha radio simulcast on SiriusXM’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio channel 310 and SiriusXM’s Volume channel 106.
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo are among the most formidable power couples in rock history. Together, they created a sound that deeply impacted the sonic landscape of the 1980s.
Benatar, a classically-trained mezzo-soprano, quit her job in 1971 to pursue a singing career. She started out performing in lounges and nightclubs, using open mic and amateur nights to develop her persona and style. In 1979, she was introduced to Neil Giraldo, whose distinctive, distorted guitar playing complemented the clarity and strength of Benatar’s voice; the duo’s fire-power packed a punch that energized tracks like “Heartbreaker” and “Treat Me Right.”
This hard-driving signature sound drove them to the top of the charts with hits like “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “We Belong,” and “Invincible.” Their achievements include two certified multi-platinum studio albums and ten gold and platinum releases. Benatar also dominated the Grammys in the 1980s, winning four consecutive awards beginning in 1980 and garnering a total of nine nominations.
When “You Better Run” aired as the second-ever video on MTV, Benatar became the first woman, and Giraldo the first guitarist, to appear on the channel. The band remained in heavy rotation on MTV, and cinematic videos like “Love Is a Battlefield” shaped how audiences envisioned rock music and bands led by women. “I was a serious, dedicated, formidably rockin’ lead singer who happened to be a girl. And that’s exactly how [Neil] saw it, too,” writes Benatar. “I wanted to make music, but I wanted to do it on my own terms.” Making music on their own terms meant that they wrote most of their own songs, insisting on imagery that felt authentic to them, with Giraldo frequently contributing his talents as a producer.
Benatar and Giraldo’s partnership is one of rock’s most long-lasting. They founded their own entertainment company, Bel Chiasso, and are still performing and creating to this day, highlighting that they truly are unstoppable.
“Heartbreaker,” In the Heat of the Night (1979) • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Treat Me Right,” Crimes of Passion (1980) • “Fire and Ice,” Precious Time (1981) • “Shadows of the Night,” Get Nervous (1982) • “Love Is a Battlefield,” Live From Earth (1983) • “We Belong,” Tropico(1984) • “Invincible,” Seven the Hard Way (1985) • “All Fired Up,” Wide Awake in Dreamland (1988)
The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, Linda Ronstadt
Betty Who, HAIM, Katy Perry
Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo comments and reactions to their induction:
“I’m very excited and pleased that we get to go in together,”said Pat Benatar,“It feels good. It’s just really nice for your children, for the legacy, for the fans.”“It is an honor,”added Neil Giraldo,“ The greatest thing always is to hear from fans how music changed their lives. That's the most powerful thing you can ask for."