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Pharrell Inducts Kraftwerk Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Toast

An ardent Kraftwerk fan, Pharrell Williams inducted the legendary German electronic band into the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with a video tribute.

An avid fan, himself, fellow avant garde, multi-format musician, Williams welcomed Kraftwerk by stating:

“The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a very special place. But I’m going to suggest that we create a new hall within the hall, reserved for artists who actually invented their genre, because Kraftwerk belongs there. Today, electronic music is everywhere. But what Kraftwerk did was groundbreaking and revolutionary.”

“And for many of us, we were influenced by Kraftwerk without even realizing. Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter created Kraftwerk in Düsseldorf, Germany, and in the early Seventies, starting making experimental music that was unlike anything the world had never heard. It was truly a seismic moment for music, as we know it. But when Afrika Bambaataa reached into a crate of records and found Kraftwerk and funneled that sound into “Planet Rock,” that’s when millions of hip-hop fans around the world, including myself, heard Kraftwerk’s infectious beats and alien vocals for the very first time.”

“I’m so lucky I got to meet the late Florian Schneider and let him know how much his music meant to all of us. We should all be thankful for Kraftwerk. It’s why this recognition is so important. Welcome Kraftwerk to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”

Despite their undisputed influence on everyone from David Bowie and Duran Duran to Afrika Bambaata and David Byrne, for years the pioneering electronic group, Kraftwerk, were overlooked by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. First eligible for induction in 1996 the German wünderkind act didn’t make it onto a ballot until 2003 and were included five more times without making it in until this year when the institution welcomed the band in as part of its Early Influences category.

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Author: Al Denté

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