The inductees for the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame’s Class of 2021 have been introduced Wednesday morning, and that is probably the most woman-heavy and numerous class in Rock Corridor historical past, with many followers celebrating a number of long-overdue accolades.
“This numerous class of gifted Inductees displays the Rock Corridor’s ongoing dedication to honor artists whose music created the sound of youth tradition,” John Sykes, chairman of the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame Basis, mentioned in a statement Wednesday. “It should make for an unforgettable reside celebration of music in October at this 12 months’s Induction Ceremony in Cleveland.”
Amongst this 12 months’s six artists acknowledged within the Performer class are the Go-Go’s, 40 years after the discharge of their landmark debut Magnificence and the Beat. Controversially, the Go-Go’s had by no means been nominated earlier than, regardless of making historical past when Magnificence and the Beat grew to become the primary — and thus far, nonetheless solely — album by an all-female band that wrote all their songs and performed all their instrument to go to No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The group’s longtime snubbing was addressed of their 2020 self-titled documentary, with frontwoman Belinda Carlisle speculating that they’d been blacklisted as a result of they as soon as complained to Corridor co-founder and Rolling Stone magnate Jann Wenner about their sexist Rolling Stone cover. Wenner stepped down as Corridor chairman and was changed by MTV co-founder Sykes in 2020 — a improvement that trade pundits presumed would result in extra numerous future ballots.
The Class of 2021’s different two feminine inductees are Tina Turner (who received this 12 months’s fan vote) and Carole King, each of whom have been already within the Corridor, however — bafflingly — solely as co-inductees along with their respective ex-husbands, Ike Turner and Gerry Goffin. This now makes Tina Turner and Carole King solely the second and third feminine artists to enter the Corridor twice (following the Class of 2019’s Stevie Nicks), in comparison with the 23 male artists who’re a number of inductees.
Becoming a member of the Go-Go’s, Turner, and King within the Corridor is prog/powerpop songwriter and producer Todd Rundgren, on his third attempt, in addition to alt-rock band the Foo Fighters and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, the one two Class of 2021 inductees to seem on the poll of their first 12 months of eligibility. (Every nominee’s first single or album needed to have been launched in 1995 or earlier.) The Foos’ entry additionally makes frontman Dave Grohl a double-inductee, as he was inducted with Nirvana once they too acquired in throughout their first 12 months of eligibility, in 2014.
The shortlisted Class of 2021 artists that have been handed over this 12 months have been Afrobeat trailblazer Fela Kuti, first-wave British steel band Iron Maiden, new wave mavericks Devo, political ‘90s alt-rockers Rage In opposition to the Machine, glam-rockers the New York Dolls, Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige, soul divas Dionne Warwick and Chaka Khan, and British avant singer-songwriter Kate Bush, a number of of whom had been nominated earlier than. Nevertheless, two different artists that had been controversially snubbed within the Performer bracket for years have been in a position to lastly get on this 12 months, albeit by way of different particular classes.
Nearly precisely 40 years after the discharge of their landmark eighth album Laptop World, German techno architects Kraftwerk — who, it may very well be argued, laid down the blueprint for all electronic music — are at alongside final being acknowledged within the Early Affect class, after being nominated and handed over within the Performer class an astonishing six instances. Kraftwerk’s fellow 2021 Early Affect Award recipients are “Father of the Delta Blues” Charley Patton and soul/jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron, who is taken into account by many music historians to be the primary rapper ever.
One other rap pioneer, LL Cool J, had been nominated within the Performer class a surprising six instances, together with this 12 months, however he’ll lastly enter the Corridor by way of the Musical Excellence Award (which looks as if an odd comfort prize of types, provided that Jay-Z was inducted into the Performers class on his first try). This 12 months’s different two Music Excellence honorees are legendary late musicians keyboardist Billy Preston and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads. The 2021 Ahmet Ertegun Award, which acknowledges non-performing trade professionals, will go to label government, entrepreneur, live performance organizer, and movie producer Clarence Avant, whose storied profession was the topic of the 2019 documentary The Black Godfather.
The thirty sixth Annual Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame Induction Ceremony will happen Oct. 30 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, and can air on HBO and stream on HBO Max at a later date.
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