Eminem has been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The superstar rapper from Detroit joined fellow legends in the Hall's prestigious 2022 class; which included country icon Dolly Parton, chart-topper Lionel Richie, 80s pop quintet Duran Duran, rock queen Pat Benatar, metal gods Judas Priest, singer-songwriter Carly Simon, synth pop innovators Eurythmics, hitmaking production duo Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and the late founder of Sugar Hill Records, Sylvia Robinson.
The induction ceremony brought a handful of legends to Los Angeles on Saturday night (Nov. 5), and there other innovators also being honored: blues-folk legend Elizabeth Cotten; singer and activist Harry Belafonte; legendary producer and executive Jimmy Iovine; and entertainment attorney Allen Grubman.
Dr. Dre (a 2016 inductee as a member of N.W.A.) inducted his longtime friend and collaborator Eminem, recalling their first meeting and initial recordings. Em thanked Dre as "the man who saved my life," and saluted virtually every rapper who has ever inspired him. The 50-year old star then performed a medley of career-spanning hits; opening with his breakthrough single "My Name Is..." before launching into "Rap God." Aerosmith's Steven Tyler (inducted in 2000 with the band) made a surprise appearance for “Dream On/Sing for the Moment." Pop star Ed Sheeran guested for a live rendition of Em's classic “Stan,” before Em ripped through “Forever” before closing with “Not Afraid.”
The night was full of highlights. After his partner Terry Lewis gave his speech, Jimmy Jam quipped: “That’s the most I’ve ever heard Terry talk in my whole life.”
And Jimmy Iovine offered some sage advice.
“Thank the people who mentored you and try to be a mentor for somebody else whenever you can," he said. "Because the truth is, no one gets to a moment like this alone.”
The 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is airing Nov. 19 on HBO