Pat Benatar inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo were inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as members of the 2022 performer class.

Sheryl Crow welcomed the two honorees, calling them “totally individual and totally recognizable. How that voice came from her small frame was remarkable.” She added that the sound Benatar and Giraldo created together was simply “impossible to replicate,” and called Benatar a feminist icon. After naming many of their most recognizable songs, Crow added, “I think I can sing every single one of those songs.”

Benatar thanked everyone who helped their career along the way, then special family members before turning to Giraldo. “And you, my partner—my love,” she said. “Forty-three years ago in a rehearsal studio in New York – could you have ever imagined this night tonight?”

Giraldo singled out Rick Derringer, who gave the guitarist a big early break. “All I wanted was a great singer and I got an outstanding vocalist,” Giraldo added. “And the rest of the story, you know how it goes.”

Benatar racked up a string of platinum and multi-platinum albums and Top 20 hits throughout the late ’70s and ’80s, beginning with her 1979 debut album, In the heat of the night. Her second LP, Crimes of passion, catapulted Benatar to stardom, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, selling 4 million copies and spawning the No. 9-peaking single “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.” She continued the hot streak with the 1981s Precious timewhich topped the charts and went double platinum.

Despite being eligible for Rock Hall induction for more than two decades (she released her first non-album single in 1974), Benatar held out until she could be inducted with Giraldo, her husband, guitarist and songwriting partner. “I’ve been lobbying for the last 25 years to get him the honor he deserves,” she said Billboard. “I’m sure we both would have been successful separately, but together is what actually made it happen and made it what it became.

“There were many, many years when it was thrown around about going in [to the Rock Hall] or not to go in,” she continued. “I was just kind of determined to go in together and it was pretty much a ‘no’ and then ‘I guess I’m not going in’ and that was it. . It’s been like this for a very long time, so I’m very, very happy that it’s going the way it is right now.’

Giraldo told Billboard separately, that their collaborative partnership was crucial to the duo’s success. “From day one, Patricia and I really did this together,” he said. “I was in the studio every second. I know where every note is buried. The great thing about Patricia is that she was so extremely confident that when we met she just wanted to sing and she was looking for a partner for a kind of doing the rest, which I loved. I was happy to just do everything I could to write and produce great records. It was a match made in heaven.”

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