Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Fan Vote Puts Jay Z Last, Fela Kuti First, Followed by Tina Turner, Foo Fighters


If the fans had anything to say about it, Jay Z would not be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

After 3 weeks of voting, Jay Z is dead last in the public poll with just 56,651 votes.

The top vote getter, shockingly, is Fela Kuti. He has 211,123 votes. The pioneering Nigerian musician is the exact opposite of Jay Z musically: he’s talented. He’s also Black, so you can’t say the lack of interest in Jay Z is racist.

Indeed, the number 2 public vote winner is Tina Turner, as it should be. It’s disgraceful that Tina isn’t in the RRHOF as a solo act.

Number 3 is Foo Fighters, who are eligible for the first time and will definitely be voted in by the Rock Hall membership.

My guess is that Jay Z will get in whether the fans like it or not. The nominating committee will overrule the fans and even the membership in the end. It’s political.

Numbers 4 and 5 are headscratchers: Iron Maiden (yeeesh), and The Go Gos. Neither belongs in the Hall.

Carole King is number 6. Where are her fans? On the 50th anniversary of “Tapestry,” Carole should be inducted.

Still missing from the Rock Hall: Chubby Checker, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Carly Simon, Sting as a solo artist, and many, many more.

This year’s induction ceremony will be held at the Rock Hall in Cleveland on October 30th.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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