Dr. Dre Inducts Eminem Into the Rock Hall of Fame – Billboard

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On Saturday night (November 5), the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2022 in grand fashion. Inductees included Dolly Parton, Eminem, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Lionel Richie and Carly Simon. Judas Priest and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are also joining the Rock Hall with the “musical excellence award.”

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And while little was known about what Eminem in particular would do to commemorate his induction — as expected of the reserved rapper — the surprises, in abundance, made for an even more impactful performance.

Old friend and colleague Dr. Dre had the pleasure of introducing Eminem, recalling the first time Jimmy Iovine called to tell him that Eminem was a white guy. “That totally blew me away,” Dre said with a laugh.

He went on to tell how almost everyone tried to discourage him from working with the then-unknown rapper, saying that no one believed him or saw the vision. “I knew his gifts were undeniable,” Dre asserted. “Each of us was what the other needed – and I was willing to bet my whole career on it.”

As Dre said, Eminem “brought hip-hop to middle America.” In doing so, he became one of the best-selling and most famous rappers in music, as evidenced by the Rock Hall video montage that included clips from Adele, Elton John, Rihanna and more all praising his unmatched skills .

There was only one way to follow up such a powerful induction, and that was with an even more enjoyable performance. Em delivered just that, belting out hits like ‘My Name Is’, ‘Forever’, ‘Not Afraid’ and more – also featuring surprise guests from Steven Tyler to Ed Sheeran.

“I shouldn’t be here tonight,” Eminem said after his set. “One, I’m a rapper; two, I almost died of an overdose; and three, I really had to fight my way up… I dropped out of high school with a hip hop education.”

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air on November 19 on HBO.

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