Kate Bush, Missy Elliott, Sheryl Crowand Rage Against the Machine everyone is let in on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2023. Other performer inductees are Willie Nelson, George Michaeland the Spinners.
Hip-hop legend DJ Kool Herc and guitarist Link Wray will receive the Musical Influence Award, and Chaka Khan, Al Kooper, and Elton John’s songwriter Bernie Taupin will receive the Musical Excellence Award. Furthermore, Don Cornelius, the late creator of Soul Train, will get the Ahmet Ertegun Award. The 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Friday, November 3, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
“This year’s extraordinary group of inductees reflects the diverse artists and voices that defined rock’n’roll,” John Sykes, chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said in a press statement. . “We are honored that the induction ceremony this November in New York will coincide with two milestones in music culture; Willie Nelson’s 90th birthday and the 50th Anniversary of the birth of hip-hop.
Sheryl Crow, George Michael, Missy Elliott, and Willie Nelson made the Rock Hall after their first nominations. Kate Bush was inducted with her fourth nomination, Rage Against the Machine got the nod on their fifth try, and the Spinners were also inducted after four nominations.
DJ Kool Herc, who co-hosted the 1973 party recognized as the site of hip-hop’s public liftoff, was recognized as the genre celebrated its 50th anniversary. North Carolina-born guitarist Link Wray, whose Native upbringing influences his material, is recognized as an early architect of edgy, exploratory rock music.
Bernie Taupin and Chaka Khan have both been recognized for their standard-bearing work in the pop arena with Musical Excellence Awards, in addition to Al Kooper, who works as a rock-focused manager, producer, and songwriter.
Artists nominated for 2023 induction but not making the final cut are A Tribe Called Quest, Cyndi Lauper, Iron Maiden, Joy Division/New Order, Soundgarden, Warren Zevon, and the White Stripes. Earlier this year, Courtney Love wrote an op-ed with The Guardian criticized the “sexist gatekeeping” of the Rock Hall.