Tina Turner, Jay-Z, Foo Fighters Among Those Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

May 12, 2021
Originally published on May 12, 2021 7:20 pm

Tina Turner doesn't need anybody's validation to hold her place in rock and roll history, but she's now been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She joins 12 others in what the organization calls the most diverse list of inductees in the its 36-year history.

Joining Turner among the performers in the main class of 2021 inductees are Todd Rundgren, Carole King, Jay-Z, The Go-Go's and Foo Fighters. The full list of inductees, which includes those named in categories like "Early Influence" and "Musical Excellence," is below.

The inclusion of Turner, King and The Go-Go's makes it the first time three female artists have been inducted in the Performers category in a single class.

The Go-Go's, Foo Fighters and Jay-Z are all first-time nominees (an act is eligible for induction 25 years after the release of its first commercial recording). Foo Fighters and Jay-Z were nominated in their first year of eligibility. The Go-Go's have been eligible since 2006.

Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl was inducted in 2014 with his previous band Nirvana, and King was inducted for her songwriting in 1990 along with Gerry Goffin. Tina Turner was also previously inducted in 1991 for her work with Ike Turner.

A total of 16 artists were nominated for the 2021 class. Those who will not be inducted this year are Iron Maiden, Chaka Khan, Rage Against the Machine, Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Fela Kuti, New York Dolls and Dionne Warwick.

In a statement, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation John Sykes said, "This diverse class of talented inductees reflects the Hall's ongoing commitment to honor artists whose music created the sound of youth culture."

The induction ceremony is set to take place on Oct. 30, and will be broadcast on HBO.


Complete List Of 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Performers Category:

  • Foo Fighters
  • Jay-Z
  • The Go-Go's
  • Carole King
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Tina Turner

Ahmet Ertegun Award (given to non-performing music industry professionals)

  • Clarence Avant

Musical Excellence Award

  • LL Cool J
  • Billy Preston
  • Randy Rhoads

Early Influence Award

  • Kraftwerk
  • Gil Scott-Heron
  • Charley Patton
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MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is celebrating its most diverse group of inductees in its 36-year history. Jay-Z, Tina Turner, LL Cool J - they are now all part of the Hall of Fame canon. NPR's Andrew Limbong has more on the class of 2021.

(SOUNDBITE OF TINA TURNER'S "THE BEST")

ANDREW LIMBONG, BYLINE: Tina Turner, the queen of rock herself, doesn't need validation from anybody to be part of music history, but for now, it's a nice excuse for us to listen to some of her music.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE BEST")

TINA TURNER: (Singing) You're simply the best, better than all the rest.

LIMBONG: This is her second time being inducted into the Rock Hall, with the first time for her earlier work with Ike Turner. Also being inducted for the second time is singer-songwriter Carole King.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE")

CAROLE KING: (Singing) I feel move under my feet. I feel the sky tumbling down.

LIMBONG: With the addition of The Go-Go's, that makes three female acts being inducted in the performers category in one year, another milestone in Rock Hall history. Also being honored are radio rock mainstays Foo Fighters, singer-songwriter Todd Rundgren and Jay-Z, who already has a canonical acceptance speech put to tape.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ROC BOYS (AND THE WINNER IS)...")

JAY-Z: (Rapping) Speech. First of all, I want to thank my connect, the most important person, with all due respect. Thanks to the duffel bag, the brown paper bag, the Nike shoe box for holding all this cash. OK.

LIMBONG: In a statement, the Hall of Fame Foundation's chairman, John Sykes, said the diverse class honored musicians who, quote, "created the sound of youth culture."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GOING BACK TO CALI")

LL COOL J: (Rapping) I'm going back to Cali, Cali, Cali. I'm going back to Cali...

LIMBONG: The Musical Excellence Awards goes to artists, musicians, songwriters and producers who heavily influenced music. This year's crop includes LL Cool J, session musician Billy Preston and the late guitarist Randy Rhoads.

(SOUNDBITE OF OZZY OSBOURNE'S "CRAZY TRAIN")

LIMBONG: There's also an award given to industry professionals, this year going to Clarence Avant, the hard-nosed manager, label owner and producer who signed Bill Withers. He was the subject of a 2019 Netflix documentary called "The Black Godfather," and he summed up his view of the music business like this.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, "THE BLACK GODFATHER")

CLARENCE AVANT: Life is about one thing - numbers, nothing else. What did Tina Turner say? What's love got to do with it? Not a [expletive] thing, man.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT")

TURNER: (Singing) Oh, what's love got to do, got to do with it?

LIMBONG: The Rock Hall induction ceremony is set to take place in October, and it airs on HBO.

Andrew Limbong, NPR News.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT")

TURNER: (Singing) What's love got to do, got to do with it? Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken? Oh. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.