Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris assesses class of 2021 inductees – Music – Buzz
Now we are waiting for the party. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has released the long-awaited roster of inductees for the 2021 class. According to Rock Hall President and CEO Greg Harris, the 36th rookie group is the most diverse to date.
The six names that will be introduced to the room in the artist category are Foo Fighters, The Go-Gos, JAY-Z, Carole King, Todd Rundgren and Tina Turner.
Foo Fighters, The Go-Gos, and JAY-Z all first appeared on the Rock Hall ballot. Harris said they all deserved to be inducted.
“Everyone on this list is from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Harris said in an interview with The Maine Edge broadcast on BIG 104 FM.
“Tina has been inducted as a member of Ike and Tina Turner before, but she’s had an amazing solo career and she should be inducted for it,” Harris said.
From singer-songwriter and performer Carole King, Harris cited the vast influence she had on a diverse group of artists, including Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin and Bruce Springsteen.
“Carole King was inducted years ago along with her former husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, but this time it was for her solo career that has been hugely influential.
Harris said he’s not sure Foo Fighters, led by frontman Dave Grohl, will be inducted in his first year of eligibility (25 years after releasing their debut album), but he’s happy that this has happened.
“We are delighted that Dave has entered with Nirvana as a drummer,” said Harris. “It’s a dynamo, for sure. He played almost everything you hear on that first Foo Fighters album and then he put the band together. It will be great to welcome him into the room a second time.
The Go-Gos are the most successful girl rock group of all time. Harris cited the band’s writing and musicality as keys to their continued influence.
“They had a bunch of hits, they wrote their own songs and played their own instruments,” Harris said of the Go-Gos. The band’s career has seen a resurgence in recent years, thanks in part to a Broadway musical (“Head Over Heels”) and a well-received Showtime documentary.
With his pervasive influence across multiple genres and a shelf stacked with 22 Grammy Awards, JAY-Z’s induction into the venue was an inevitability, according to Harris.
“He’s the voice of a generation with a career that’s been so impactful,” Harris said of media mogul JAY-Z, the artist with the most solo albums (14).
Artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer Todd Rundgren has distanced himself from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for years. “I never cared about that, I didn’t hide it,” he told Fox News in 2019.
On his social media pages, Rundgren says he’s happy for his fans who have long been clamoring for his induction, but does that mean he’ll actually show up in Cleveland to accept his award at the October 30 ceremonies? Harris said we’ll have to wait.
“I’m going to go back to when Rush was inducted (2013),” Harris said. “They were eligible for about as long as Todd Rundgren was eligible. When they were finally inducted, they took the platform and said, “You know, we always said it didn’t really matter; it really is.
Seven other personalities will be inducted this year, including director, label owner and broadcaster Clarence Avant, recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Award, given to underperforming industry professionals.
“He’s been an incredibly important chord maker for many African American artists,” Harris said of Avant.
The Award for Musical Excellence, awarded to artists, musicians, songwriters and producers for their impactful originality and influence, will be presented to hip-hop legend LL Cool J, the late metal guitarist Randy Rhoads and the singer, songwriter, performer and session man Billy. Preston.
The Early Influence Award will go to German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk, poet, novelist and musician Gil Scott-Heron and delta blues pioneer Charley Patton.
Votes are cast by a body of over 1,200 artists, including current inductees, industry members and music historians. Factors taken into account include an artist’s influence on other artists, length and depth of career, and innovation in style and technique.
Nearly 5 million fans took part in the rock hall’s online fan vote this year, according to Harris. Three of the top five artists in the fan ballot will be inducted, including Foo Fighters, The Go-Gos and Tina Turner, who received more fan votes than any other artist.
The induction ceremony and concert are scheduled for Saturday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m. at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. The event will air on HBO and may air on HBO Max at a later date.
Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has reopened to the public with health and safety measures in place.
“It’s a pleasure to come to work every day, and it’s such an honor to be entrusted with preserving the history of this art form,” said Harris. “For me, it’s the most important museum in the world. Every person in our museum has a lifetime of memories related to this music, and when they come here it comes to life.