Hello, Cleveland! Are you ready to rock? The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductees have been announced and they include such legends as Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam and more! Click to find out the full list of inductees and get to know these music icons!
The newest inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (based in Cleveland, Ohio) were announced on Dec. 20, and they range from a hip hop heavyweight to a folk music superstar to one of the biggest acts to emerge from the grunge scene in Seattle. The full list includes: Tupac Shakur, Journey, Pearl Jam, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, and Joan Baez, according to HollywoodLife’s sister site, Variety.
On top of that, legendary musician and producer Nile Rodgers, 64, will receive the Hall of Fame’s Award for Musical Excellence. These selections are made by more than 900 music industry voters and an artist becomes eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first recordings.
Pearl Jam came out of the 1990s grunge scene in Seattle (along with bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden) to become one of the biggest rock groups in history. Breaking onto the charts with songs like “Evenflow,” “Jeremy” and “Alive,” Pearl Jam continues to perform and record. In fact, they released Lighting Bolt in 2013.
Tupac may seem like an odd choice for a “rock and roll” hall of fame, but Ice Cube, 47, said it best when his group, N.W.A. was inducted in the prior year. “Rock and roll is a spirit. [Rap] had the same spirit as punk rock, the same as the blues.”
Joan Baez, 75, also was surprised by her induction. “I never considered myself to be a rock and roll artist,” she said in a statement, “But as part of the folk music boom which contributed to and influenced the rock revolution of the Sixties, I am proud that some of the songs I sang made their way into the rock lexicon.”
Journey got their start in the early 1970s but they hit the height of their popularity in the early 1980s with songs like “Any Way You Want It,” “Separate Ways,” and most notably, “Don’t Stop Believing.” Though Journey hasn’t performed with singer Steve Perry, 67, since a Bill Graham tribute show in 1991, according to Rolling Stone, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony is known for its reunions. Fingers crossed!
Yes is one of the most successful and influential progressive rock bands, known for such radio hits as “Roundabout” and “Owner of a Lonely Heart.” They have been performing for nearly five decades, even after losing founding member Chris Squire in 2015.
Electric Light Orchestra, a British rock band formed by Jeff Lynne, 68, Roy Wood, 70, and Bev Bevan, 72, in 1970, had hits with songs like “Don’t Bring Me Down,” “Evil Woman” and more. Jeff reformed the band as Jeff Lynne’s E.L.O. in 2015, said he was “deeply honored” to be inducted.
These bands were selected out of a pool of nominees that also included Bad Brains, Jane’s Addiction, The Cars, Depeche Mode and Janet Jackson. The 32nd annual induction ceremony is set for April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. HBO will air a special, featuring the night’s performances and speeches, later in the year.
Congratulations to all the inductees! HollywoodLifers, are you happy at the musicians who got in?