Well, these nominees are people in the music business that exist. Most of them aren’t what I would consider “Rock & Roll” though.

They are:

  • Jay Z
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Foo Fighters
  • Devo
  • The Go Go’s
  • Kate Bush
  • Iron Maiden
  • Chaka Khan
  • Tina Turner
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Carole King
  • New York Dolls
  • Fela Kuti (who?)
  • LL Cool J
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Todd Rundgren

Missing out on nominations this year are Kraftwerk,  Dave Matthews Band, and Pat Benatar, who finished in the top two in the 2020 Fan Vote.

Fans can have their say via the annual online poll until April 30 by visiting rockhall.com. The top 5 artists from the Fan Vote will comprise one “fan’s ballot” tallied along with more than 1,000 other ballots the music industry.

I have to say this list is pretty meh.

I believe Gene Simmons said it best when he shared his criteria for what induction should:

“Play an instrument, write some songs, and sell a lot of records. Jimi Hendrix isn’t in the Rap Hall of Fame.”

Look, I’m sure these artists have a lot of fans but most of them aren’t anywhere close to being “rock”. I Googled Fela Kuti and he’s in some genre called Afrobeat. If we want to change the name of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to be the Music Hall of Fame I don’t think anybody would complain about this list, but most of these don’t fit the bill.

John Sykes, Chairman of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation disagrees. He said of this 2021 list:

“This remarkable ballot reflects the diversity and depth of the artists and music the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates. These Nominees have left an indelible impact on the sonic landscape of the world and influenced countless artists that have followed them.”

Personally, I think the ones that should get in are Devo, New York Dolls, Tina Turner, Kate Bush, Foo Fighters, and the Go Go’s.

The Class of 2021 will be announced in May.

Drop who you want in from this list and what you think about the names on this ballot in the comments below.