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A guide to voting your favorite artists for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021

From Foo Fighters to Jay-Z, through Tina Turner and Mari J Blige. The nominees have been revealed, and you can choose them too. Keep reading to get all the information you need to make up your mind.  

  • The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame was founded in 1983 by Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records.
  • Since 1986 this museum and walk of fame of the most influential artists in the history of the genre, has its permanent home in Cleveland on the shores of Lake Erie.
  • As a curious fact, of the 715 artists who have been inducted into the hall of fame so far, only 61 are women.

The artists nominated to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the year 2021 have already been revealed.

While the winners are not entirely chosen by the audience, you can be part of the final result by voting on rockhall.com until April 30th.

This year the ceremony will surely not have the typical live performances of the inducted artists and their presenters, but it will surely be a special event to be held in the fall.

 Here we present this year's nominees with reference information, so you can choose your favorite artist.

1) Jay Z

The 51-year-old rapper is not exactly belonging to the rock and roll genre, but he is one of the most influential artists in our country.

Shawn Corey Carter has 13 studio albums, the first of them, Reasonable Doubt, released in 1996.

The also producer and founder of Roc-A-Fella Records has 249 awards won so far, including 22 Grammy Awards.

2) Foo Fighters

Dave Grohl decided to take advantage of the impulse that Nirvana gave him and go solo in 1994, after the suicide of Kurt Cobain.

The band's first album was released the following year under the name "Foo Fighters" but initially the only official member was Grohl.

Currently the lineup of singers for "Best Of You" is Chris Shiflett, Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Rami Jaffee, and Pat Smear but there have been several changes in between.

The band has managed to win 12 Grammy Awards throughout their career, including Best Rock Album on 4 occasions.

3) Mary J Blige

The 50-year-old singer and songwriter is one of the living legends of R&B and Hip Hop.

Mary J has managed to sell 80 million copies worldwide and has 13 studio albums to her credit.

In 2017, her song "Be Without You" from 2006 was named by Billboard as the genre's hit of all time.

4) Iron Maiden

This English heavy metal band was founded in 1975 and has released a whopping 40 albums throughout their career.

Those led by Steve Harris have managed to sell 100 million copies worldwide and establish themselves as one of the most influential Heavy Metal bands of all time.

5) Tina Turner

 Well, she is simply the best. Tina was already inducted in 1991 by Ike & Tina Turner but not by her solo work.

The 81-year-old singer launched herself as a solo singer in the 80s and her 1983 album Private Dancer earned her a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

Her song "What Love Has To Do With IT" went around the world and made her one of the most iconic voices in the music industry.

6) The Go Go's

The Californian band formed in 1978 by Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine made history for being the first girl group to write their own songs to reach number one on the Billboard chart.

The Go Go's is one of the most important bands of the new age.

Their peak of success was in 1982 when they did the "Gosht In The Machine Tour" with The Police.

Their debut album "The Beauty and The Beat" was the most successful of teir career.

7) Rage Against The Machine

 This is one of Rock and Roll's greatests bands of all time. Rage Against The Machine was formed in Los Angeles in 1991 with Zach de La Rocha as vocalist and leader of the group.

The "Killing In The Name" singers have been nominated twice to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 2017 and 2018.

They say the third time is the charm, so we think this may be the year this band, which has dedicated to sending revolutionary political messages, consecrates as part of the history of the genre.

8) Kate Bush

This 62-year-old English singer-songwriter began her path in music at the age of 11.

In 1978 she became the first female artist to reach number one in the UK Top 40 with the debut song "Wuthering Heights".

9) Devo

If a band had to present them in induction those would be the Beasty Boys without a doubt.

Well, this is a band that has been clearly inspired by Devo's futuristic style and surreal humor style.

In 1980 the two pairs of brothers Mothersbaughs and Casales released their hit "Whip It" which gave them international visibility.

10) Chaka Khan

Yvette Marie Stevens began her career in 1970 as the lead singer of the funk group Rufus.

Throughout these 5 decades, the 67-year-old artist has managed to sell 70 million records worldwide and win 10 Grammy Awards.

11) Carole King

 Apparently, the organizers have decided that 2021 will be the year of women in the Rock Hall Of Fame, since last year they only nominated one female artist and that cost them harsh criticism.

In this case, Carole King is one of the most important songwriters of all time.

She, too, has performed her own creations and collaborated with artists such as Mariah Carey and Celine Dion.

12) Fela Kuti

The late Nigerian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Fela Kuti was named the pioneer of Afrobeat.

The peak of his career occurred in the 1970s and his work focused largely on criticism of the Nigerian government and political activism.

13) LL Cool J

James Todd Smith is another successful representative of the world of Hip Hop.

Ladies Love Cool James and the industry too, as the 58-year-old rapper has managed to record 13 studio albums and win two Grammy Awards throughout his career that began in the 90s.

14) New York Dolls

The band formed in New York in 1971 was one of the first on the punk rock music scene.

Their albums New York Dolls and Too Much Too Soon from 1973 and 1974 respectively are part of the genre's cult records.

15) Todd Rundgren

73-year-old Todd Harry Rundgren is a multi instrumentalist and music visionary.

Emerging from the 70s band Utopia, he later became known as a solo artist for hits like "Hello It's Me" and "I Saw The Light".

16) Dionne Warwick

This 80-year-old American singer and actress is reportedly the most chartered singer of all time with 56 singles on the Hot 100 between the 60s and late 90s.

She certainly deserves her place in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Have you already decided who are you going to vote for?

Leave us your comments.

Kelsey Miller

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