Making the announcement, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, John Sykes, said: “This diverse class of talented inductees reflects the Rock Hall’s ongoing commitment to honor artists whose music created the sound of youth culture.”
However, the list did not include the popular Afro-beat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who was among the nominees.
The inductees are: Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Go’s, Foo Fighters, and Jay-Z .
Others are Todd Rundgren, Kraftwerk, Charley Patton, Gil Scott-Heron, Billy Preston, Clarence avant, Randy Rhoads as well as LL Cool J.
The 36th annual ceremony has been scheduled to hold on 30th October in Cleveland, Ohio, where the Hall of Fame is based.
Jay-Z, Foo Fighters and the Go-Go’s are all first-time nominees; as artists are eligible for nomination 25 years after the release of their first records.
After being eligible since 2006, The Go-Go’s, known for their 1980s punk-inflected dance pop, have expressed their gratefulness through their Twitter handle.
“We are so EXCITED to announce that we will be … inducted into the 2021 Rock Hall of Fame!! Women have always been a vital part of the ever changing music business and we are so proud to have our success story honored and recognized by the @rockhall and our wonderful fans!” the band tweeted.
The rap star, Jay-Z, whose hits include “99 Problems” and “Hard Knock Life”; enters the Hall of Fame as a 23-time Grammy winner, and the first hip hop artist inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Tina Turner’s entry into the hall comes after a year that saw her being celebrated in an HBO documentary, which told her story of leaving her abusive husband Ike Turner, who was also her musical partner, before launching a successful solo career that includes hits like “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”
Turner tweeted in her appreciation message: “I am absolutely thrilled to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame amongst such amazing artists! Thank you for all your continued love and support over the years! Love, Tina.”
Boasting a decorated career as a songwriter for other stars, Carole King’s 1971 record “Tapestry” is one of the best-selling albums ever, with top tracks including “You’ve Got a Friend” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” — a hit made even more popular with an Aretha Franklin cover.
“I wanted to be a songwriter so I could meet all the great artists and they would know who I was. I thought being inducted into the @rockhall as a songwriter with Gerry Goffin was the pinnacle. Until now. Thank you for ALSO inducting me as an artist. And thank you to my fans always,” she tweeted.
The popular pop rocker Rundgren, known for hits like “Bang the Drum All Day”, was inducted after his fourth nomination and after he called the vote “a scam.”
The hall will also honor LL Cool J, Billy Preston and Randy Rhoads with “musical excellence awards,” while Kraftwerk, Gil Scott Heron and Charley Patton will receive “early influencer” designations.
Record executive Clarence Avant will receive 2021’s Ahmet Ertegun Award, which goes to non-performers.