‘Why haven’t they given us the same title as all of our friends?’: Rob Halford Speaks To Judas Priest Receiving ‘Musical Excellence’ Award

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During a recent conversation with Arizona Republic, Judas Priest singer Rob Halford spoke about the band receiving the “Musical Excellence” Award. Back in May, it was reported that Judas Priest were awarded the “Musical Excellence” award via the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

In this new interview, Halford shares that he is irked by the “tag” associated with this award, and how he just wants the band to be recognized like their peers have been. During this conversation, Rob Halford is asked how he feels about the band receiving this award, to which the Metal God shares the following:

“Why haven’t they given us the same title as all of our friends. Black Sabbath, for example. There’s a different tag, isn’t there? I was pissed. I was a bit pissed. At the end of the day, does it matter?”

The interviewer then brings up how the “Musical Excellence” Award is a different tag, so they were curious to hear Halford’s thoughts on it. Rob Halford continues and shares the following:

“Well, yeah, I was pissed. I was a bit pissed. At the end of the day, does it matter? Some days, I go, ‘No, it doesn’t matter. We’re in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Be grateful. Shut the hell up.’

“And then there are other days where I’m like, ‘God damn, why did they give us the Musical Excellence Award?’ Because it sounds very, you know, grandiose. ‘The Musical Excellence Award, reserved for blah, blah, blah.’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, but I want to be with that bunch of musicians over there that have got the performance or whatever it is that they’ve got.’ I don’t know why they gave us the Musical Excellence Award. I have no clue.

“I just felt a little bit like, ‘Well, Sabbath got this. So why can’t we have that?’ Not that I’m jealous of Sabbath. I’m just talking about this tag that they give it. Why do they put these tags on the damn thing? Why don’t they go, ‘Welcome. You’re in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ and leave it at that.

“A lot of our fans went, ‘What the hell?’ ‘Oh, you know, they’re a great band. They are an excellent band.’ ‘But why put the musical excellence? Why don’t you give them like everybody else has got?'”

What are your thoughts on Judas Priest getting the “Musical Excellence” Award? Do you think they should have been honored in a similar way just like the other inductees this year? Those inductees are: Pat Benatar, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, and Carly Simon.

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