2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees: The Go-Go’s, Foo Fighters, Carole King, Iron Maiden & More

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its official nominees list for the Class of 2021 on Wednesday, and it’s another eclectic mix of acts spanning decades, genres and styles.

The full list, in alphabetical order:

Mary J. Blige
Kate Bush
Foo Fighters
The Go-Go’s
Iron Maiden
Chaka Khan
Carole King
Fela Kuti
LL Cool J
New York Dolls
Rage Against the Machine
Todd Rundgren
Tina Turner
Dionne Warwick

The full video announcement:

More, from the Rock Hall’s official announcement:

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. Seven out of 16 of the Nominees are on the ballot for the first time, including Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, JAY-Z, Mary J. Blige, Fela Kuti, and Dionne Warwick. Chaka Khan was previously nominated both solo and with the band Rufus. If elected, Carole King and Tina Turner will become the second and third female artists inducted twice, following Stevie Nicks’ 2019 election. If Foo Fighters are inducted, Dave Grohl will also become a twice-inducted performer.

“This remarkable ballot reflects the diversity and depth of the artists and music the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates” says John Sykes, Chairman, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “These Nominees have left an indelible impact on the sonic landscape of the world and influenced countless artists that have followed them.”

2020, of course, saw the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alter its plans for an in-person induction ceremony and celebration due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ultimately putting together a “virtual” event. The 2021 Induction Ceremony, at least as of right now, is tentatively planned for the Fall, and the Hall hopes to have attendees in person at the Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

The 16 acts nominated for 2021 inclusion in the hallowed halls of the Hall of Fame are now up for the Van Vote, which will factor in the decision-making process:

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame offers fans the opportunity to participate in the Induction selection process with the Fan Vote. Today through April 30, fans can vote every day at rockhall.com, or at the Museum in Cleveland. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to select the 2021 Inductees. 

Inductees will be announced in May 2021. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021 Induction Ceremony will take place in Cleveland, Ohio this fall. Details and ticket on-sale information will be announced later.


  • Diego5 says:

    …..the GO-GOs over Suzi Quatro this time, and though it’s GREAT to see Maiden finally nominated (Kate, Todd, Chaka up yet AGAIN, while Jay-Z & Jimbo are as WELL, unfortunately) there’s NO Commodores, or Dan Fogelberg, no RETURN of Harum, or Thin Lizzy, no Queensryche, or Kansas, Monkees, Badfinger…..yep, Sykes is just SUCH a perceptive student of ROCK music history…..NOT.


    Nice to see FELA ANIKULAPO-KUTI in the list….. He is THE GREATEST AFRICAN MUSICIAN EVER…. Always wrote THE TRUTH in his music and Lived it too….. GOD BLESS FELA ANIKULAPO-KUTI for always Singing & Living THE TRUTH…. He got PERSECUTED all the time BUT HE NEVER GAVE UP HELPING PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD….. One of the most Beautiful People I ever met… Very Highly BLESSED to have met FELA ANIKULAPO-KUTI….

  • Ed Banger says:

    Great to see Devo nominated. They are more innovative/intelligent/entertaining than all those other acts combined – the Dolls/Fela and Kate Bush excluded. Sadly the Guess Who skipped over again.
    Time for the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag and Husker Du to get the nod.

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