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The ballots are in and tallied, and the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are:

Performer Category

  • Foo Fighters
  • The Go-Go’s
  • JAY-Z
  • Carole King
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Tina Turner

Ahmet Ertegun Award (Given to non-performing industry professionals who, through their dedicated belief and support of artists and their music have had a major influence on the creative development and growth of rock & roll and music that has impacted youth culture.   

  • Clarence Avant

Musical Excellence Award (Given to artists, musicians, songwriters and producers whose originality and influence creating music have had a dramatic impact on music.)

  • LL Cool J
  • Billy Preston
  • Randy Rhoads

Early Influence Award (Given to a performing artist or group whose music and performance style have directly influenced and helped inspire and evolve rock & roll and music that has impacted youth culture.)  

  • Kraftwerk
  • Gil Scott Heron
  • Charley Patton

Of the six performer inductees, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, JAY-Z, and Tina Turner are all first-ballot inductees, meaning they were inducted after being nominated one time. Carole King was first nominated as a solo artist in 1989. Todd Rundgren will be inducted after being nominated three times (2019, 2020 and 2021.)

Of the five artists counted on the Rock Hall's Fans' Ballot, three of them (Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s and Tina Turner) will be inducted as part of the 2021 class. The other two artists on the Fans’ Ballot who did not make the final cut are Fela Kuti and Iron Maiden.

As previously reported, the Rock Hall is planning on an in-person induction ceremony with fans taking place on Saturday, October 30 at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse arena in Cleveland. Tickets are expected to go on sale in July. The 2021 Induction Ceremony will air on HBO and stream on HBO Max at a later date.

2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees



Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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