Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Go-Go’s elected to 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
NEW YORK (AP) – Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, and the Go-Go’s were elected Wednesday to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on their first time on the ballot, leading a class that also includes Tina Turner, Carole King and Todd Rundgren.
Each will be honored during an induction ceremony in Cleveland on Oct. 30, reported the Associated Press.
The ceremony will take place before what organizers hope will be a full house of fans enjoying live music again.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will also welcome LL Cool J, Billy Preston and Randy Rhoads with musical excellence awards, and honor Kraftwerk, Gil Scott Heron and Charley Patton as early influencers, reported AP.
Jay-Z is a 23-time Grammy winner and the first rap artist in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has had 14 No. 1 albums to his credit.
Dave Grohl stepped to center stage with Foo Fighters after serving as Nirvana’s drummer. Foo Fighters became one of the few modern rock bands comfortable in arenas, reported AP. They produced the hits “Best of You,” “Everlong” and “Times Like These.”
Tina Turner was one of rock’s most stirring comeback stories. Turner escaped an abusive relationship with husband and musical partner Ike Turner and became a solo star in the 1980s behind the world-weary “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” She also scored other hits with “Private Dancer” and “We Don’t Need Another Hero.”
The Go-Go’s were a relative rarity as an all-female band in the early 1980s. They were born from Los Angeles’ punk rock scene and had a string of hits that included “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “Vacation.”
Carole King’s 1971 album “Tapestry” became one of music’s best-selling albums of all time. Her hits include “It’s Too Late,” “You’ve Got a Friend” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
Todd Rundgren is known for hits like “Hello It’s Me,” “I Saw the Light” and “We Gotta Get You a Woman.” Rundgren is also responsible for the song most celebrated by hooky players everywhere, “Bang the Drum All Day.”
Grohl, King and Turner bring the number of artists inducted into the Rock Hall twice to 26. Prior to King and Turner, Stevie Nicks had been the only woman with that distinction, reported AP.
“We really see it as a true celebration of the reopening of music — not only in America but in the world,” John Sykes, chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said in an interview with The Associated Press.
The induction ceremony, to be held at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, will simulcast on SiriusXM and air later on HBO.
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