Nominees For 2023 Rock Hall of Fame Announced
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The 2023 nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame have been announced.
The list includes Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, Joy Division/New Order, Cyndi Lauper, George Michael, Willie Nelson, the White Stripes, and Warren Zevon. While returning nominees Kate Bush, Iron Maiden, Rage Against the Machine, Soundgarden, the Spinners and A Tribe Called Quest are some of those who made it to the list.
An artist must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year they were nominated in order for it to be considered for the Rock Hall. The White Stripes and Elliott are two newly qualified groups on this year’s list, chosen by a jury of more than 1,000 musicians, historians, and other music industry professionals.
Inductees will be announced in May, along with the date and location of the induction ceremony. Beginning today, fans can also cast their votes at the Rock Hall website.
The Rock Hall has been under fire in recent years for nominating artists who seem to be outside the realm of rock music, such as LL Cool J, Eminem, Lionel Richie, and Dolly Parton. In line with this issue, the Rock Hall President and CEO, Greg Harris, clarified:
“If you look at the nominating committee, it has evolved over the years, and they are expressing a broad range of influences and backgrounds. It’s a lot healthier than casual fans would think. It’s a very robust and thoughtful group that represents many viewpoints, with people being added all the time, bringing in new perspectives from all eras, genres, races and lifestyle.”
Recently, the organization issued a revised goal statement in an online press conference, in response to criticism of the most recent nominees saying:
“Born from the collision of rhythm & blues, country and gospel, rock ‘n’ roll is a spirit that is inclusive and ever-changing. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates the sound of youth culture and honors the artists whose music connects us all.”