Tina Turner leads the list of inductees for the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Carole King, The Go Gos, Foo Fighters and Jay Z, who was dead last in fan voting, are the main class.
Billy Preston and Todd Rundgren, LL Cool J are among those chosen by the Hall separate from the voting. We’ve waited a long time for Billy Preston, so congrats to his manager, Joyce Moore, for fighting to protect his legacy. Billy was the actual Fifth Beatle. As the “Let it Be” anniversary release is coming this August, Billy’s induction is right on time.
For once the Hall got it completely right. John Sykes has transformed what was a mess into a success.
Carole King has already posted: “I wanted to be a songwriter so I could meet all the great artists and they would know who I was. I thought being inducted into the @rockhall
as a songwriter with Gerry Goffin was the pinnacle. Until now. Thank you for ALSO inducting me as an artist. And
to my fans always.”
Just a note on Todd Rundgren: always an innovator, like Billy Preston he had his own huge hits in the early 70s. But he also became a noted producer of everyone from Grand Funk Railroad to Meatloaf to XTC. He was way overdue.
Early Influence Award:
Musical Excellence Award:
LL Cool J
Ahmet Ertegun Award:
— Rock Hall (@rockhall) May 12, 2021