The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced the 2021 inductees, including big names like Jay-Z, Foo Fighters and Tina Turner. This year’s inductees are one of the most diverse groups in the history of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with three different women artists being inducted into the performers category for the first time ever.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation decided back in 1985 where to open its physical museum and ultimately decided on Cleveland, Ohio. In 1986, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its first group of inductees which consisted of Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and the Everly Brothers.
This year’s inductees includes Jay-Z and the Foo Fighters who only just became eligible this year. It also includes Carole King, Tina Turner, and The Go-Go’s, which is the first time three different women artists were inducted into the performers category in the same year. Dave Grohl (previously with Nirvana), Turner (previously with Ike Turner), and King (previously with Gerry Goffin) have all been inducted before. Turner and King follow Stevie Nicks as the only women to be inducted multiple times before.
This is the most diverse class of inductees in the history of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, to Pitchfork.
Outside the “Performers” induction category, several iconic artists received recognition from the Rock Hall. Early Influence Awards went to Kraftwerk, Gil Scott-Heron, and Charley Patton this year. The Musical Excellence Award went to LL Cool J, Billy Preston, and Randy Rhoads. Music executive Clarence Avant is this year’s Ahmet Ertegun Award honoree.
For more information on the 2021 inductees visit the RRHOF website.
2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees
Ahmet Ertegun Award
Musical Excellence Award
LL Cool J
Early Influence Award