The results are in! Kate Bush, Rage Against the Machine, Missy Elliott, Sheryl Crow, George Michael, Willie Nelson, and the Spinners will all be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year.
As for other special honors, hip-hop legend DJ Kool Herc and guitarist Link Wray will receive the Musical Influence Award, and Chaka Khan, Al Kooper, and Elton John’s songwriter Bernie Taupin will receive the Musical Excellence Award. In addition, Don Cornelius, the late creator of Soul Train, will get the Ahmet Ertegun Award. The 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set for Friday, November 3 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Ticket information will be announced soon.
Sheryl Crow, George Michael, Missy Elliott, and Willie Nelson are making the Rock Hall after their first nominations. Kate Bush as well as the Spinners are being inducted on their fourth nominations, while Rage Against the Machine are getting the nod on their fifth try.
The artists who got nominated for 2023 induction but did not make the final cut are A Tribe Called Quest, Cyndi Lauper, Iron Maiden, Joy Division/New Order, Soundgarden, Warren Zevon, and the White Stripes.
“This year’s incredible group of inductees reflects the diverse artists and sounds that define rock’n’roll,” John Sykes, chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said in a press statement. “We are honored that this November’s induction ceremony in New York will coincide with two milestones in music culture; the 90th birthday of Willie Nelson and the 50th Anniversary of the birth of hip-hop.”
To be eligible for the Rock Hall, an artist’s first commercial release must have come out at least 25 years prior to the nomination year. Though Elliott’s first album was released in 1997, the nominating committee at the Rock Hall recently started meeting the same year the inductees are honored, as opposed to the year before. This means 2023 is a sort of “make-up year” for artists whose first release was in 1997 or 1998, which explains 2023 being Elliott’s first year of eligibility.
See the official Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announcement below.
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Article Image: Portrait of Kate Bush in 1985, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello as the band plays at a festival in 2007. (EMI America [Available through Public Domain], Scott Penner [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)