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Parton voted into rock hall of fame


Eminem, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, Duran Duran and

Pat Benatar have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a list that also includes Dolly Parton, who initially resisted the honor.

The honorees — voted on by more than 1,000 artists, historians and music industry profession­als — “each had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture and helped change the course of rock ’n’ roll,” said John Sykes, the chairman of the Rock Hall, in a statement Wednesday.

Parton had gone on social media 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 Parton was elected. Parton later said she would accept an induction.

To be eligible, artists are required to have released their first record 25 years prior to induction. Parton, Richie, Simon, Eminem and Duran Duran were selected on their first go-round. Simon was a first-time nominee this year more than 25 years after becoming eligible.

The hall also announced Wednesday that Judas Priest and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will receive the award for musical excellence, and that Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotten will be honored with the Early Influence Award. The induction ceremony will be held

Nov. 5 in Los Angeles.

Ukrainian band, Sheeran team on single:

“The sirens interrupte­d our sleep, grabbed in two suitcases

everything that is in the past, then go!” sings Antytila frontman Taras Topolia on the Ukrainian band’s new collaborat­ion with Ed Sheeran.

It’s a reworked version of Sheeran’s hit single “2step.” Topolia has added a new verse and created a video to promote the remix, which was released Monday.

“I decided to explain in the lyrics how it was the first day of the war for me and for millions of Ukrainian people,” the singer-songwriter — and now soldier — said Tuesday from Ukraine.

Antytila formed a friendship with Sheeran via social media, after the band tweeted the British singer- songwriter ahead of his headlining performanc­e at “Concert for Ukraine” in the U.K. in April. While the Ukrainian band was unable to perform remotely at the event, Sheeran invited Antytila to team up with him on “2step.”

Over the next year, royalties from streams of the “2step” remix video will be donated to Music Saves UA.

DeBose to host Tonys:

Academy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Ariana DeBose will host this year’s Tony Awards, according to an announceme­nt Wednesday from the Broadway League and the American Theater Wing, the two organizati­ons that present the awards. The actor will lead the presentati­on June 12, which will air live on CBS and stream on Paramount+.

May 5 birthdays: Actor Pat Carroll is 95. Actor Michael Palin is 79. Actor John Rhys-Davies is 78. Critic Kurt Loder is 77. Journalist Brian Williams is 63. TV personalit­y Kyan Douglas is 52. Actor Tina Yothers is 49. Singer Craig David is 41. Actor Henry Cavill is 39. Singer Adele is 34. Singer Chris Brown is 33.

 ?? BRIDGET BENNETT/GETTY-AFP ?? Dolly Parton, who is seen March 7, has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
BRIDGET BENNETT/GETTY-AFP Dolly Parton, who is seen March 7, has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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