After 23 years, heavy metal icons Judas Priest have finally made the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
After being eligible for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for a quarter century and appearing on the ballot three times, the band has finally made it in as one of this yearâ€™s winners of the Musical Excellence Award.
â€œThird times a charmâ€ Front man Rob Halford told Rolling Stone while beaming with delight.
â€œWe left the launchpad and now weâ€™re headed to the hallowed halls. Itâ€™s a great day for Judas Priest and a great day for heavy metal.â€
Priest will receive the Musical Excellence Award at this yearâ€™s event, held on Nov 5, 2022 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.
According to the official Hall Of Fame website, the award is given to â€œartists, musicians, songwriters and producers whose originality and influence creating music have had a dramatic impact on music.â€
â€œItâ€™s a validation, more than anything else, of the importance and the relevance of Judas Priest. Fifty years weâ€™ve been doing this. To have this opportunity as we continue to celebrate our 50th anniversary is just a beautiful thing. It couldnâ€™t have happened at a better time.
Itâ€™s definitely a validation of Priest and the importance of heavy metal music. Iâ€™ve been championing the need for more heavy metal in the Hall of Fame. You look at the list of people that have been in since the Hall started in 1986: â€œTheyâ€™re not metal, theyâ€™re not metal, theyâ€™re not metal â€¦â€