The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Has Announced the Class of 2021
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame revealed which of this year's nominees would be inducted at the 2021 ceremony on Oct. 30 in Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday morning (May 12).
Foo Fighters, alt-rock veterans, and new wave pioneers The Go- Go's, East Coast hip-hop legend JAY-Z, Carole King, Todd Rundgren, and Queen of Rock n' Roll Tina Turner are among the Class of 2021. Turner, King, and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters are among the 2021 artist inductees: King as part of the songwriting duo Goffin/King, making her the first person in the Rock Hall as both a performer and a non-performer; Turner for her explosive work in the R&B duo Ike & Tina Turner; and Grohl as the drummer of grunge pioneers Nirvana.
That's not everything, though. With the "award for creative excellence," LL Cool J, keyboard master Billy Preston, and hard rock guitar ace Randy Rhoads will also be inducted into the Rock Hall (which was originally titled the "sidemen" category when it debuted). Electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, spoken-word poet Gil Scott-Heron, and Father of the Delta Blues Charley Patton will all be inducted into the RRHOF under the "early influence award" category. Clarence Avant, the music mogul, is the recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun prize.
"The most diverse list of Inductees in the history of the company," the Rock Hall said of the Class of 2021. Three female acts will be inducted in the performers category at the same time for the first time in the Hall's 36-year history.
Artists can be nominated for the Rock Hall 25 years after their first commercial album was released. JAY-Z, The Go- Go's, and Foo Fighters are among the inductees who have only appeared on the ballot once. Rundgren is up for his third Rock Hall nomination, while LL Cool J and Kraftwerk have both been nominated six times.
In July, tickets for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2021 will go on sale. The ceremony will be broadcast live on SiriusXM's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame radio channel on Oct. 30 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland. At a later date, HBO will broadcast the 36th annual RRHOF induction ceremony, which will also be streamed on HBO Max.