We now have a list of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2021. The name I’m most pleased to see is Kraftwerk, an outfit whose groundbreaking work with electronic music industry presaged everything from techno-pop to industrial music to hip-hop. The fact that they hadn’t been inducted until now was nothing short of a travesty. They will now be honoured with the Early Influence Award along with Gil Scott-Heron, and Charley Patton.
Okay. Rant over.
This year’s inductees also include the following in the Performer category:
- Foo Fighters (in their first year of eligibility, too. Dave’s in for the second time.)
- The Go-Go’s (Good. They were the first all-female act who wrote and performed their own songs to top the charts.)
- Carole King (Another two-time inductee)
- Todd Rundgren
- Tina Turner (Also in for the second time)
LL Cool J, Billy Preston, and Randy Rhoads will get the Musical Excellence Award.