The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced the inductees for 2021 including Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Go’s, Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, and Todd Rundgren in the performer category. The 36th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on October 30th at the Rocket Mortgage Field House in Cleveland, OH.
This year will also see inductions of Kraftwerk, Charley Patton, and Gil Scott-Herron in the early influence category. LL Cool J, Billy Preston, and Randy Rhodes will all be inducted for musical excellence, and music executive Clarence Avant, aka “The Black Godfather”, will take home this year’s Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.
According to the RRHoF, the award is given to “songwriters, producer, disc jockeys, record executives and other industry professionals who have made a major influence on rock and roll.” Past recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award include Bill Graham, Alan Freed, Clive Davis, Jann Wenner, and many more.
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The ballot for the 2021 induction also included Iron Maiden, Mary J. Blige, Fela Kuti, Dionne Warwick, Rage Against The Machine, Kate Bush, Devo, Chaka Khan, and New York Dolls, who all failed to get enough votes. This will mark the second induction for Carole King and Tina Turner who were both previously inducted alongside their respective writing partners Gerry Goffin and Ike Turner. It will also mark the second induction for Dave Grohl, who was inducted as part of Nirvana in 2014.
The 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air on HBO at a later date following the October 30th ceremony.