Revealing the most diverse ballot in the organization’s history, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2021 nominees on Wednesday morning, February 10th.
Those appearing on this year’s multi-music genre ballot include Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, Jay-Z, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner and Dionne Warwick. To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the induction year.
Hard rock mainstays Foo Fighters and East Coast hip-hop icon Jay-Z see their names on the ballot during their first year of eligibility, along with Iron Maiden, queen of hip-hop soul Mary J. Blige, Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and soul-pop vocal pro Dionne Warwick. Returning nominees hoping to be chosen in 2021 include LL Cool J who receives his sixth nomination, and soul-funk dynamo Chaka Khan with her seventh (her third solo nod following four as part of Rufus & Chaka Khan).
Fans can vote here to contribute to the process and those slated to receive the honor will be announced in May.