Carole King, Todd Rundgren and The Go-Go’s Lead List of Rock Hall 2021 Nominees

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Photo of Carole King via PBS.org by Elissa Kline

Carole King, Todd Rundgren, The Go-Go’s, the New York Dolls, and Tina Turner lead a group of 16 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021. The diverse list of candidates features seven female artists including Dionne Warwick, Kate Bush, Mary J. Blige, and Chaka Khan. Also nominated are Iron Maiden, Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Devo, LL Cool J, Rage Against the Machine, and Fela Kuti. The Class of 2021 will now be selected by a larger panel of voters and revealed in May, for induction in October. Among the scores of deserving acts who continue to be ignored by the secret selection committee are such classic rock legends as Bad Company, Jethro Tull, Peter Frampton and Joe Cocker.

In order to be eligible, an artist must have made their first recording 25 years prior to the current year.

The 2021 Induction Ceremony will take place at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio on Oct. 30. Details and ticket on-sale information will be announced later.

In recent years, the Rock Hall has inducted many core rock bands that it had overlooked for decades. Notably, the Doobie Brothers were in the Class of 2020 (alongside such non-rock acts as Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G.). In 2019, it was Def Leppard and the Zombies’ turn, with Stevie Nicks as a solo artist. 2018 saw the Moody Blues, the Cars, Bon Jovi and Dire Straits join the fold. Yes, the Electric Light Orchestra and Journey, were all members of the Class of 2017.

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This year marks the first time that the Foo Fighters, the Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, Warwick, Blige, Jay-Z and Kuti, the Nigerian multi-instrumentalist who died in 1997, are nominated. Carole King has previously been inducted as a non-performer/songwriter. Turner was inducted for her work in the duo Ike and Tina Turner. Grohl is also in the Hall as a member of Nirvana.

“This remarkable ballot reflects the diversity and depth of the artists and music the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates,” said John Sykes, Chairman of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, in the announcement. “These Nominees have left an indelible impact on the sonic landscape of the world and influenced countless artists that have followed them.”

The Hall offers fans the opportunity to participate in the Induction selection process. Now through April 30, fans can vote every day at rockhall.com, or at the Museum in Cleveland. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to select the 2021 Inductees.

Related: 100 more crucial Rock Hall omissions

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  1. Admiral
    #1 Admiral 10 February, 2021, 11:34

    Every year I see the list, I cringe at some of the nominees and the oversights. Here we go again.
    The Go-Gos. Really?

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  2. JJK
    #2 JJK 10 February, 2021, 13:45

    RRHOF is a crock! There are plenty more deserving artists that should inducted. The Foo Fighters? Devo? Rage against the Machine? Gimme a break.

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  3. Hammer
    #3 Hammer 10 February, 2021, 14:08

    The Guess Who?
    Peter Frampton?

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  4. Mick
    #4 Mick 10 February, 2021, 19:51

    It’s all political.

    If a band or solo act is unwilling to “campaign for votes” then the likelihood that they’re inducted can drop substantially.

    The Go-Gos were trailblazers and their recent documentary will certainly help.

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  5. StuartB
    #5 StuartB 11 February, 2021, 01:32

    Once again, a number of major British Invasion groups left out among them The Searchers.

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  6. Czesiu
    #6 Czesiu 11 February, 2021, 04:33

    This is the year Todd Rundgren should be inducted into the RnR Hall of Fame!

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  7. Onteo
    #7 Onteo 11 February, 2021, 06:20

    The Go Gos? What about a true female band that blazed the trail for them? How about Fanny ?

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  8. Patricia
    #8 Patricia 11 February, 2021, 07:19

    What about INXS?

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  9. RGR66
    #9 RGR66 11 February, 2021, 12:12

    7 female artists nominated this time and yet many of the biggest music icons are still being ignored, including Leslie Gore, Connie Francis, Petula Clark, Melanie, Nancy Sinatra and Jackie DeShannon. Such a shame.

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  10. Little Milton
    #10 Little Milton 16 February, 2021, 13:44

    Without Jethro Tull this Hall of Fame is nothing

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  11. feethead
    #11 feethead 21 February, 2021, 15:19

    the monkees should be inducted

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