Willie Nelson has received a surprising 90th birthday present: entry into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! The country music superstar was one of seven artists inducted into the Hall of Fame on Wednesday morning, alongside Kate Bush, Rage Against the Machine, Missy Elliott, Sheryl Crow, George Michael, and The Spinners.
Nelson, a first-time nominee for the prestigious music award, joins country superstars Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash in the Hall of Fame. Beyond that list, there are six more inductees who were chosen by a Hall of Fame committee to join the seven performers who were elected by popular vote.
In the category of “musical excellence,” these individuals include singer Chaka Khan, instrumentalist-producer Al Kooper, and lyricist Bernie Taupin. In the category of “musical influence,” the award went to pioneering rock guitarist Link Wray and hip-hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc. Furthermore, “Soul Train” TV host Don Cornelius received the annual Ahmet Ertegun Award.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is committed to documenting the history of some of the most well-known and important performers, bands, producers, and others who have had a significant impact on the music business. On November 3, at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York City, the 38th induction ceremony will honour these 13 recipients.
Since voting began, over three million ballots have been cast. The top five musicians, as chosen by the public, formed a “fans’ ballot” that was counted with the other ballots to determine the inductees for 2023.
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The seven nominees on the general ballot who did not make the cut with voters this time around are A Tribe Called Quest, Iron Maiden, Joy Division/New Order, Cyndi Lauper, Sound Garden, The White Stripes, and Warren Zevon.
Iron Maiden finished in the fourth place in the fan vote for this year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction class.
Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has responded to heavy metal fans’ outrage at IRON MAIDEN’s omission from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction. In a recent interview, Harris was asked how he feels about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame receiving so much critical reaction for omitting MAIDEN from induction: “We love that people care — that they care if they’re in or out, and that their fans care.” He stated, “Now the truth is anybody that’s nominated, the odds are good that they’re eventually gonna get in. In fact, I think it may be as high as 90 percent eventually go in.”
MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris stated four years ago that he didn’t care that his band has failed to be admitted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame despite being eligible since 2004. “I don’t mind that we’re not in things like that,” he remarked, “I don’t think about things like that. It’s very nice if people give you awards or accolades, but we didn’t get into the business for that sort of thing. I’m certainly not going to lose sleep if we don’t get any sort of award, not just that one, any award. With what we do, whatever comes of it is great. Whatever doesn’t come of it is great, too.”
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