Following the announcement of the acts that made the 2021 Fan Ballot, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame members have selected the artists that will be inducted in 2021.
Out of the nominees, the performers that will be inducted into the hall are Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Jay-Z, Carole King, Todd Rundgren and Tina Turner. Nominated, but not being inducted, were LL Cool J, Rage Against the Machine, Iron Maiden, Kate Bush, Mary J. Blige, New York Dolls, Fela Kuti, Chaka Khan, Devo and Dionne Warwick.
Rock Hall members also selected artists to receive three separate awards. Winning the Ahmet Ertegun Award is Clarence Avant. Winning the Musical Excellence Award are LL Cool J, Billy Preson and Randy Rhoads. Winning the Early Influence Award are Kraftwerk, Gil Scott Heron and Charley Patton.
The 2021 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony is set to take place this Autumn.
Earlier this year, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider criticised the Rock Hall voting committee, accusing them of “looking down on hard rock metal artists. He took to twitter to call voting members “arrogant elitist assholes” who “look down on metal and other band that sell millions because we’re not their definition of cool.”
Rage Against The Machine and Iron Maiden being nominated but not inducted echoes last year when the same fate befell Judas Priest and Motorhead. It also means that the Hall will continue to house just two metal bands: Black Sabbath and Metallica.
Carole King, The Go-Go’s and Tina Turner’s induction does follow a call for the Hall to induct more women. In spring 2019, Janet Jackson said while accepting her induction: “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, please: 2020, induct more women,” a call that was met with cheers. In 2020, there were 69 women inducted into the hall out of a total of 888. In other terms: around 8 per cent.