Kraftwerk FINALLY gets into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Oh, and the Foos made it, too)

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.)
  • Jay-Z
  • 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.

The ceremony will take place in Cleveland on October 30.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

5 thoughts on “Kraftwerk FINALLY gets into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Oh, and the Foos made it, too)

  • May 12, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Although I agree with all 6 inductees, Iron Maiden should have been inducted before Foo Fighters. I like the recognition of Randy Rhoads.

  • May 12, 2021 at 10:22 am

    The Foo Fighters over Iron Maiden?!?! That is an absolute joke.

  • May 12, 2021 at 10:31 am

    LOVE The Foo Fighters! But when I was growing up, in the 80’s, there was at least ONE kid in an Iron Maiden t-shirt in every class I ever attended from 7th grade until graduation. They were the SHIT!!!!!

  • May 12, 2021 at 10:33 am

    I’m happy about Kraftwerk too but once again, the Hall of Fame has otherwise dropped the ball, as usual. Fela Kuti was way in the lead in the fan vote (last time I checked) and his pioneering work in bringing Afrobeat to public consciousness makes him a necessary inclusion. And how often are they going to give New York Dolls the shaft? How many bands in the RoF would not even exist if it weren’t for the Dolls. It’s ridiculous! I like Dave Grohl as much as the next guy but really? Every bar band I’ve even seen in my life does the Classic Rock meets Alt Rock thing to death. What makes Foo Fighters so special? Oh well… whatever, nevermind

  • May 12, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    The Foos should all wear Iron Maiden shirts for the induction.
    And break into a Maiden song if the play along happens.
    Pretty much all the metal bands owe something to Maiden who led the way in many respects.
    Bonus points if they have a big blow up Eddie behind the kit!


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