The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its class of 2021 - a slate they call "the most diverse list of inductees in the history of the organization."
Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner, Foo Fighters, Carole King, and Jay-Z are this year's six inductees. Additionally, German synth-rock outfit Kraftwerk, bluesman Charley Patton and soul/jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron have been named Early Influences, while rapper LL Cool J, keyboardist Billy Preston and late Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads have received awards for Musical Excellence. Record executive Clarence Avant has also received the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
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Turner, the subject of a recent acclaimed documentary and the winner of this year's fan vote, and King are two-time inductees, each inducted alongside their ex-husbands. (King and Gerry Goffin received the Ahmet Ertegun Award in 1990, while Ike and Tina Turner were inducted as performers in 1991.) Meanwhile, Jay-Z and Foo Fighters are the two acts to be inducted in their first year of eligibility, 25 years after their first releases. The Go-Go's, one of the most successful all-female rock bands - and also the subject of a documentary in 2020 - are also notably being inducted on their first nomination, while Rundgren gets in during his third consecutive year of nomination, an honor to which he has consistently remained apathetic. (Both Kraftwerk and LL Cool J were longtime nominees, with six nods apiece - including this year for LL Cool J and last year for Kraftwerk.)
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The induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. SiriusXM will broadcast it live, while highlights will air on HBO and stream on HBO Max at a later date.
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