2023 Rock and Roll HOF Inductees Named

May 3, 2023

Todd Hall

Inductees – Why Not Cyndi Lauper?

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2023 class, which includes seven performers: Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, George Michael, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine, and The Spinners.

Missed the cut this year

The other half of the nominees, including Iron Maiden, Joy Division, New Order, Cyndi Lauper, Soundgarden, A Tribe Called Quest, The White Stripes, and Warren Zevon, did not make the final cut and can try again next year.

Performers Category

Kate Bush

British singer, songwriter, and producer known for her unique voice and eclectic music style. Popular songs include “Wuthering Heights” and “Running Up That Hill.”

Sheryl Crow

American singer-songwriter who has won numerous Grammy Awards for her pop and rock-infused music. Popular songs include “All I Wanna Do” and “If It Makes You Happy.”

Missy Elliott

American rapper, singer, and producer whose innovative music and music videos have earned her widespread recognition. Popular songs include “Get Ur Freak On” and “Work It.”

George Michael

English singer, songwriter, and producer who rose to fame as part of the duo Wham! before launching a successful solo career. Popular songs include “Freedom” and “Faith.”

Willie Nelson

American country music legend whose career has spanned several decades and includes hits like “On the Road Again” and “Always on My Mind.”

Rage Against the Machine

American rock band known for their politically charged lyrics and fusion of heavy metal and hip hop. Popular songs include “Killing in the Name” and “Bulls on Parade.”

The Spinners

American R&B vocal group that rose to fame in the 1970s with hits like “I’ll Be Around” and “Rubberband Man.”

Musical Influence Award recipients

  • DJ Kool Herc
  • Link Wray

Musical Excellence Award recipients

  • Chaka Khan
  • Al Kooper
  • Bernie Taupin

Ahmet Ertegun Award recipient

  • Don Cornelius

These honorees have been selected for their significant contributions to rock & roll and youth culture through their originality, impact, and influence on music. The ceremony will be held on November 3, 2023, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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