The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has come a long ways since their first induction ceremony back in the halcyon days of 1986. The first class of inductees loomed large over the music industry in the form of legendary performers Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Ray Charles and James Brown. All agreed that these artists had a deserved place front and center at the table of rhythm and blues and rock music. Sure, you could quibble with those that were initially left out – Eddie Cochran, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, The Beatles and so forth and so on – but that would all be taken care of in future years with the annual announcement by the storied Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Fast forward all of these years later to (drop the needle on John Williams’ The Imperial March) 2021 and suddenly the conversation has transformed from “Why did you leave this particular artist off this year’s inductee list?” to “Do Afroman and Nickelback really warrant inclusion in this year’s inductee list?” It’s a slippery slope, and as the years go on, one wanders who is legitimately left in the world of music that actually deserve elbow room next to the likes of Cooke and Holly.
Luckily, according to our Ivan-listening fanatics over at The Hollywood Reporter, the vaunted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame managed to scrounge up some worthy musical artists this year, sparing us from a neatly put together retrospective clip package of Cobra Starship’s or Bread’s long and storied career in music; ‘Cause that would have just been awkward.
The new inductees for the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are as follows: Jay-Z, The Go-Go’s, LL Cool J, Foo Fighters, Todd Rundgren, Kraftwerk, Tina Turner and Carole King. The induction ceremony is slated to take place on October 30 in the town that coined the term “rock’n’roll” (courtesy of disc-jockey Alan Freed), Cleveland, Ohio.
In announcing their selections for induction this morning, the Hall of Fame said that the Class of 2021 is “the most diverse list of Inductees in the history of the organization.”
Congrats to all of the new inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Now all of you get to work on that Cobra Starship cover album!