The latest round of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee nominees were announced today and a few of our favorite bands are included.
Foo Fighters, Devo, Rage Against the Machine, The Go-Go’s, and New York Dolls are among the 16 nominees. Jay-Z, Iron Maiden, Tina Turner, LL Cool J, Carole King, Kate Bush, Mary J. Blige, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Kahn, Fela Kuti, and Todd Rundgren round out the list..
Foo Fighters are in the midst of an amazing year already with their newest album release, “Medicine at Midnight,” and multiple high-profile live appearances, including the presidential inauguration.
This is their first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame, although Grohl was already inducted with Nirvana. The Foo reaction to the nomination? “WOW. Thank you @rockhal!!!”
Although nominated two times previously, Rage Against the Machine has been skipped over in the past couple of years. As they make their return to the nominee list for 2021, the band has had a huge resurgence due to racial and political events. “Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses” has been posted online an incredible amount in the past year.
Devo has been nominated once before, but perhaps this second chance will hand them their much deserved spot. BTW, the Devo Funko Pop collectible figures came out last week and you NEED to buy them!
This is the first nomination for The Go-Go’s, even though their groundbreaking album “Beauty and the Beat” is 40 years old. The nominations this year include more woman than any previous year, so hopefully these ladies make the cut.
In order to be eligible for induction, artists’ first single or album must have been released in 1995 or earlier (25 years from release to eligibility).
This is the first year for the Foo’s and The Go-Go’s, Jay-Z, Iron Maiden, Tina Turner (although she has one from her Ike & Tina days), Dionne Warwick, and Fela Kuti.
The artists with the most votes will be announced in May, with the induction event in the fall. The class of 2020 had to do theirs virtually, so hopefully this class gets a return to in person ceremonies.
You can vote for your favorite now on the Hall of Fame website!