We’ve Hit Rock Bottom

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2022 nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

None of them deserve it.

It took Dolly Parton to remind the Rock Hall’s execs that their mission is to “honor those who shaped the history of rock & roll.” Dolly recognized she wasn’t worthy and humbly bowed out.

Now it’s time for others to do the same.

I won’t lobby for artists who belong in this exclusive club. But I’ll tell you who doesn’t. I’m talking about you Eminem and Lionel Ritchie. And c’mon, Dionne Warwick?

How did this once coveted award become so meaningless? Next year watch for new inductees; Milli Vanilli, Tommy Tutone and Zamphir, master of the pan flute.

Clearly, the Rock Hall has lost its way. In its efforts to be inclusive, they appeal to nobody. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame only exists to support a tourist attraction in Cleveland.

We have reached rock bottom.

Here’s my take. Induction into the Rock Hall should be reserved for elite rock artists. Period. The award shows respect for rock stars who write, play, perform and influence. Not this ridiculous grab bag.

Otherwise, we’re comparing apples and orangutans.

Imagine Elvis and The Beatles sharing a table with Tupac and The Go-Gos. The Rock Hall must draw the line somewhere. Is Michael Jordan in the NFL Hall of Fame? Are the Eagles in the Country Hall of Fame? Of course not.

Thankfully, Dolly gets the distinction.

What an embarrassment to the Rock Hall, which continues to snub important rock They seem hell bent on diluting the honor and losing credibility. Just like the Grammys.

At least Pat Benatar will finally get her due.

Beau Phillips is President of Rainmaker Media. 
He’s a creative marketing consultant, strategist and speaker.
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3 thoughts on “We’ve Hit Rock Bottom”

  1. I stopped paying attention to award shows In 1989 when Jethro Tull won the Heavy Metal award. I suggest everyone else do the same.

  2. The bar continues to sink further than we ever imagined; we should be grateful for living in an age of genius that seems unlikely to be surpassed and has now faded – what really saddens me is how many we have lost along the way. Tonight I raise a toast to Keith, Jimi, Janis and all of you pilots who made it all of the way and never returned.

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