Female Performers Dominate 2021 Rock Hall Inductions | Arts and culture
A record-breaking infusion of female power and a hip-hop legend are among the artists entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is scheduled to take place in Cleveland at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on October 30 and broadcast on HBO.
Warren, Dave Grohl from Ohio [Antonio Scorza / Shutterstock.com]
The death of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain in 1994 left drummer Dave Grohl looking to reinvent his music career. The Warren, Ohio native did so in the form of Foo Fighters, an alternative rock band that filled stadiums and steadily scored on the pop charts. The group is entering the Hall of Fame in its first year of eligibility.
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Born out of an LA punk band called The Misfits, this all-female quintet has developed a new wave pop style. They were unique among the so-called “girl groups” in that they sang their own songs, played their own instruments, and were not controlled by male producers. This is the first time they have been nominated for Rock Hall honors. They have been eligible for induction since 2006.
Jay Z [Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com]
Shawn Carter came out of The Brooklyn Projects with the nickname “Jazzy”. He shortened it to Jay-Z and went on to dominate the hip-hop world as a singer, songwriter, record producer, and businessman. He enters Rock Hall during his first year of eligibility.
Carole king [DFree / Shutterstock.com]
The Hall of Fame first honored Carole King in 1990 for the many famous pop songs of the 1960s that she wrote with her former husband Gerry Goffin. But his legendary status continued to grow as a solo performer. King’s 1971 album, “Tapestry,” was the best-selling album for 15 weeks and remained on the charts for over six years. Her music has been recorded by artists ranging from the Beatles and Aretha Franklin to Lady Gaga.
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Rundgren’s Hall of Fame induction in Cleveland is fitting, due to a loyal fan base here who have followed his career as a avant-garde singer, songwriter, producer and performer, stretching back to late 1960s. Over the course of five decades, his music has ranged from romantic pop to hard rock. He was also a pioneer in the mesh of electronic technology and video in performance.
Tina turner [Vicki L. Miller / Shutterstock.com]
Like Carole King, this is Turner’s second Hall of Fame honor. She first made her mark as the lead singer of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue in the late 1950s. She divorced Ike Turner in the mid-1970s and staged a comeback nearly 10 years ago. later as a solo performer. His dramatic life story has been the subject of two memoirs, a feature film and a documentary.
Ahmet Ertegun Prize
FRONT CLARENCE – During his 90 years, Avant has distinguished himself as a label owner, manager and consultant to the music industry. He has helped guide the careers of artists such as Little Willie John, Jimmy Smith, and Bill Withers. He has also been the mentor of artists who work behind the scenes, such as producers Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, LA Reid and Babyface.
Early Influence Price
KRAFTWERK – German electronic music pioneers whose use of synthesizers and stage presence influenced many artists, ranging from David Bowie and Brian Eno to Afrika Bambaataa and DEVO.
CHARLEY PATTON – A 1920s blues artist whose style of singing, guitar playing and performance has proven to be an inspiration to many generations of musicians, from Robert Johnson and Howlin ‘Wolf to Jimi Hendrix and Keb’ Mo ‘.
GIL SCOTT-HERON – He fused poetry and jazz to deliver cultural critiques and promote political activism. His performances, such as “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” and “Winter in America”, were a precursor to rap.
Musical Excellence Award
In addition, session musician Billy Preston, hip-hop pioneer LL Cool J and guitarist Randy Rhoads were honored for their musical excellence.