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It’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction day

The class of 2023 will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight at the Barclay Centre in Brooklyn. In case you’ve forgotten who was voted in this year, here’s the list.

  • Kate Bush (Fun fact: Women represent less than 100 of the almost 1,000 people inducted into the Hall since 1986)
  • Sheryl Crow (Fun fact: See above)
  • Missy Elliott (The first female hip-hop artist to enter the Hall)
  • George Michael (No one rocked like George Michael, right?)
  • Willie Nelson (Um, sure. Rockin’ Willie)
  • Rage Against the Machine (About bloody time)
  • The Spinners (I guess…)

Special “musical excellence awards” (read: They didn’t get enough votes but should be in the Hall regardless) will go to:

  • Bernie Taupin
  • Al Kooper
  • Chaka Khan

A couple of “influencer” awards (read: Same as above) will be given to:

  • DJ Kool Herc
  • Link Wray

A non-performer award will go to Don Cornelius, creator of the TV show Soul Train.

Feel free to discus the Hall’s definition of “rock.” John Sykes, the Hall of Fame Chairman, says that inductees “[reflect] the diverse artists and sounds that define Rock & Roll.” He also points out that 2023 is considered to be the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip-hop and Willie Nelson’s 90th birthday.

He also had this to say: “[The Hall will] update the general voting body” to “reflect the artists that are eligible.” And then there’s this comment: “Rock and roll is what a 16-year-old is obsessed with.” Uh-huh.

You know who won’t be there? Jan Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone and a co-creator of the Hall. He got dumped for some racist and sexist comments made about women and people of colour earlier this year.

Disney+ will livestream everything starting at 8pm EDT.

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