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Eminem Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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Eminem Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Eminem has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The rapper is among the latest artists to receive the honour, along with the likes of Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie and Duran Duran.

To be eligible, artists are required to have released their first record 25 years before induction, meaning Eminem - real name Marshall Mathers - has been added in his first year of eligibility.

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Eminem has been added to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Credit: Alamy
Eminem has been added to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Credit: Alamy

The 49-year-old is a 15-time Grammy winner and is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time.

Announcing his induction, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame said: "With one hand, he holds up a mirror to American society to expose its darkest corners: domestic violence ('Stan', 'Love the Way You Lie'), white privilege ('White America'), anxieties about homosexuality (Ken Kaniff skits), failed parenthood ('My Mom'), and corrupt politicians ('Mosh') – no one is left unscathed.

"With his other hand, he throws up a middle finger. Art that stands the test of time often makes people uncomfortable and questions the status quo, and no one shakes people to their core quite like Eminem."

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Meanwhile, Parton was inducted despite taking to social media back in March to 'respectfully bow out' of the process, saying she did not want to take votes away from the remaining nominees and had not 'earned that right'.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation responded by saying ballots had already been sent and it was up to the voters to decide if she was elected. Parton later said she would accept an induction.

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Speaking to NPR last week, she said: "Well, I'll accept gracefully. I would just say thanks and I'll accept it because the fans vote.

"But when I said that, it was always my belief that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was for the people in rock music, and I have found out lately that it's not necessarily that. But if they can't go there to be recognised, where do they go?

"So I just felt like I would be taking away from someone that maybe deserved it, certainly more than me, because I never considered myself a rock artist. But obviously, there's more to it than that."

Carly Simon, Eurythmics and Pat Benatar have also been added, with the induction ceremony set to take place on 5 November at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Music, Eminem

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