The artist, whose birth name is Marshall Mathers, is the only one of the 17 nominees to receive a nomination in his first year of eligibility, which is 25 years after an artist’s debut recording.
If Eminem adds the Rock Hall to his 15 Grammy Awards, five No. 1 singles and Oscar win when the inductees are announced in May, he will become the second white hip-hop artist to enter the RRHOF, following the Beastie Boys in 2012.
In addition, Eminem would be only the seventh hip-hop artist to be inducted, with Jay-Z being the last rapper.In addition, Eminem would be only the seventh hip-hop artist to be inducted, with Jay-Z being the last rapper.
Eminem, who will perform alongside Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige and Snoop Dogg at the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 13, is likely the only slam dunk to be included in a wide range of nominees this year.
Other first-time nominees include Beck, Duran Duran, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon and A Tribe Called Quest.