Afrobeat pioneer and legend Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Anikulapo Ransome-Kuti more popularly known as Fela Kuti loses out on the race of getting inducted into the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, despite coming second in fans vote with over 500,000 votes, where artistes like Jay-Z who came 7th on fans vote was selected for induction.
The late musician was nominated alongside international artists like Tina Turner, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Dionne Warwick, and Carole King.
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This was the first time the late legend had ever been nominated for the induction, but he lost to Tina Turner at the Fan Vote Final Fans’ Ballot.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame revealed its 2021 inductees on Wednesday, marking the most diverse group by musical genre in the organization’s history.
To be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years before the year of nomination.
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For the performer’s category, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, JAY-Z, Carole King, Todd Rundgren and Tina Turner were inducted.
The Ahmet Ertegun Award went to Clarence Avant, while Singers like LL Cool J, Billy Preston, and Randy Rhoads got the Musical Excellence Award.
For the Early Influence Award, Kraftwerk, Gil Scott Heron, and Charley Patton were recipients.
“This diverse class of talented inductees reflects Hall’s ongoing commitment to honour artists whose music created the sound of youth culture,” John Sykes, chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation said in a statement.
Watch video of Rock And Roll President And CEO Greg Harris announcing the inductees of 2021 Rock And Roll class, missing out on Nigerian Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s name;
— Rock Hall (@rockhall) May 12, 2021
This will be the second trip to the Rock Hall for three of this year’s inductees. Foo Fighter’s frontman Dave Grohl got his first Rock Hall induction with Nirvana in 2014. Turner was welcomed into the Hall in 1991 as a member of Ike and Tina Turner, and King has held a spot with songwriter Gerry Goffin since 1990. This time around Turner and King will be honoured for their solo careers.
The 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 30, 2021.