NEW YORK – Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Tina Turner and Iron Maiden lead this year’s candidates to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a women’s list of 16 acts, which for the first time includes The Go-Go’s, Mary J. Blige and Dionne Warwick.
Performers are entitled to be nominated 25 years after the release of their first official recording. There are two newly eligible acts in Jay-Z and Foo Fighters, while artists nominated for the first time include Blige, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, Warwick and Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.
Several candidates are looking for second place in the hall. Turner would be performed for the second time after leaving the hall as part of Ike & Tina Turner in 1991. Nominated Carole King is already in the hall as a songwriter and this time she would re-enter as a performer. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is already in the lobby as a member of Nirvana.
If elected, King and Turner would become the second and third artists to appear twice after the 2019 Stevie Nicks election; she was also a member of Fleetwood Mac.
“This remarkable vote reflects the diversity and depth of artists and music that Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is celebrating,” said John Sykes, chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. “These nominees have left an indelible impact on the world’s sound landscape and influenced countless artists to follow them.”
Other nominees this year include: Kate Bush, Devo, Chaka Khan, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine and Todd Rundgren. LL Cool J is on his sixth nomination and Chaka Khan is on his third solo nomination.
Class 2021 will be announced in May.