The Press Release:
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame reveals its 2021 Inductees, celebrating the most diverse list of Inductees in the history of the organization. They are:
Early Influence Award:
Musical Excellence Award:
LL Cool J
Ahmet Ertegun Award:
“This diverse class of talented Inductees reflects the Rock Hall’s ongoing commitment to honor artists whose music created the sound of youth culture”, said John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “It will make for an unforgettable live celebration of music in October at this year’s Induction Ceremony in Cleveland.”
To be eligible, artists are required to have released their first record 25 years prior to induction. Learn more about the qualifications and categories HERE
Ballots were sent to an international voting body of more than 1,200 artists, including current living Inductees, historians and members of the music industry. Factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.
The 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio with a radio simulcast on SiriusXM’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio channel 310. The Induction Ceremony will air at a later date on HBO and stream on HBO Max. Tickets go on sale to the public and members in July. Select Rock Hall donors and members get exclusive Induction ticket opportunities. Donate or join by June 30, 2021 to be eligible.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: So there you have it, once again another year that leaves off what amounts to quintessential “Rock” names for music that isn’t so much. Oh be sure that I was expecting some other inclusions before them but this year finds me a little annoyed based on the omissions being the New York Dolls, Rage Against The Machine and the mighty, and still very active Iron Maiden. Let’s face it, the Hall is on the clueless side and likely would have placed in Mary J. Blige or Dionne Warwick before any of them but in a year of such public outcry I expected RATM to be a lock. With the passing of the next to last surviving NY Doll Sylvain Sylvain, I expected them to go in since that was a band that started a movement. The impact of Iron Maiden speaks for itself but with Judas Priest failing to set up space in the Hall after two nominations, my hopes were lessened for a band like them. I am sure that none of those Brits give a rats patoot. It was great to find Randy Rhoads being honored though and that is my own takeaway from this. Congratulations to the inductees just the same and maybe 2021 finds them finally rebranding this as “The Music Hall Of Fame”. What do you readers think about this? Chime in down below in the comments section as its always great to hear your thoughts about such topics. See you next time and please keep safe out there.