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Judas Priest was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, but not in the way many would have liked.
The group will receive the “Musical Excellence Award”, which is given to “artists, musicians, songwriters and producers whose originality and impact on musical creation have had a significant impact on the world of music”.
While frontman Rob Halford has only said positive things about the band’s introduction in various interviews so far, he revealed in a new interview with AZ-Central that he had mixed feelings about how the group would be received.
Until this year, Priest had been nominated three times, but had never been elected by the full membership of the Rock Hall. When the final list of inductees was announced earlier this year, Priest was among the nominees, but was accepted as one of the bands receiving the musical achievement award.
Halford admitted he was “angry” when he learned Judas Priest would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Indeed, when asked what he really thought about the band’s induction into the Rock Hall, Halford told AZ Central: “Why didn’t they give us the same title as all our friends. Black Sabbath, for example. We’re labeled differently, aren’t we?
he added: “Well, yes, I was angry. I was a little angry. In the end, does it matter? Some days I’m like, ‘No, it doesn’t matter. We are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Let’s be grateful. Let’s close it. And then there are other days when I wonder, ‘Damn, why did they give us an award for musical excellence?’. Because it’s very, you know, magnificent. ‘Award for musical excellence, reserved for blah, blah, blah’. And I’m like, ‘Yeah, but I want to be with that band over there [dans la catégorie des interprètes]’. I don’t know why they gave us an award for musical excellence. I have no idea.”
Priest will receive this year’s Music Excellence Award, while Duran Duran, Pat Benatar, Eurythmics, Carly Simon, Eminem, Dolly Parton and Lionel Richie will be included in the artist category.