Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces Star-Studded 2021 List of Inductees

by Halle Ames

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced their star-studded list of inductees for 2021. And let us just say they are top-notch talent.

Today the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its elite talent that is said to represent “the most diverse list of Inductees in the history of the organization.”

The notable names include Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Go’s, Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, and Todd Rundgren.

According to Deadline, three of this year’s inductees are already part of the prestigious organization but in other categories. Tina Turner was inducted for her musical partnership with then-husband Ike as Ike and Tina Turner. Carole King made the cut for her songwriting partnership with Gerry Goffi. Finally, the Foo Fighters singer, guitarist, and songwriter Dave Grohl is part of the Hall of Fame for his drumming skill when he was part of the band Nirvana.

This is the 36th anniversary of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. It will take place at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday, October 30, at 8 p.m. ET.

John Sykes, the Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said the 2021 award show in October will honor those that have shaped “youth culture.”

“This diverse class of talented Inductees reflects the Rock Hall’s ongoing commitment to honor artists whose music created the sound of youth culture,” said Sykes. “It will make for an unforgettable live celebration of music in October at this year’s Induction Ceremony in Cleveland.”

Hall of Fame Hopefuls

Many other artists that were considered, however, didn’t make the cut. These artists shouldn’t be overlooked for next year. They include Kate Bush, Devo, Dionne Warwick, Rage Against the Machine, Chaka Khan, Iron Maiden, Mary J. Blige, the New York Dolls, Fela Kuti, and LL Cool J.

On the other hand, although LL Cool J isn’t on the Hall of Fame list of inductees due to the standard balloting, he will not be going home empty-handed. LL Cool J won the “Musical Excellence Award” from the Hall of Fame.

Billy Preston also won the award with LL Cool J. Preston was a singer and keyboardist for the Beatles’ Get Back sessions. After working with the Beatles, he pursued a solo career as well as one with heavy metal guitarist Randy Rhodes.

Also being recognized at the Hall of Fame is the Early Influence Award. The winners are blues pioneer Charley Patton, jazz-soul musician Gil Scott-Heron, and German electronica innovators Kraftwerk.

Furthermore, the 2021 Ahmet Ertegun Award for the non-performing industry professionals is Clarence Avant, who worked as the music executive for the Netflix documentary The Black Godfather in 2019.