The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fixed some mistakes last night at their annual induction ceremony in Cleveland.
They finally welcomed Tina Turner, Billy Preston, Carole King, Gil Scott Heron, Todd Rundgren, and Charley Patton.
Rundgren didn’t bother to show up or send a video, but that’s him. Hello? It’s him. He has not seen the light.
Tina couldn’t travel from Switzerland. This morning on Twitter she wrote: “As you can surely tell from my beaming smile: I am thrilled to now be officially inducted into the @rockhall as a solo artist. What an honor! I am grateful to so many people who stood by me on my journey here – especially you, dear fans. Keep on rocking”
Billy Preston, the Fifth Beatle, was inducted by Ringo Starr via video. Paul McCartney, who was there to induct the Foo Fighters, didn’t get involved in that, although he did play a little “Get Back” reportedly at the end of the night– well after midnight– with Dave Grohl.
Keith Urban had to substitute at the last minute for Bryan Adams, whose COVID test came back positive. Talk about fortuitous! And Keith brought wife Nicole Kidman, which classed up the event a million times.
Other inductees included Jay Z, we won’t get into that, and LL Cool J, again, the whole idea of the Hall of Fame is changing into a Music Hall of Fame. The best LL Cool J song was “I Need Love.” No one ever mentions it.
This ceremony cleaned up a lot of old business for the RRHOF. New CEO John Sykes, taking over from the now missing Jann Wenner, is righting a lot of wrongs. Next year let’s hope we see Carly Simon, Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music, Carla and Rufus Thomas, the late Mary Wells from Motown, J Geils Band (now an embarrassing situation), and Sting as a solo artist. And, of course, Chubby Checker.
As you can surely tell from my beaming smile: I am thrilled to now be officially inducted into the @rockhall as a solo artist. What an honor! I am grateful to so many people who stood by me on my journey here – especially you, dear fans. Keep on rocking! 💃🏿 pic.twitter.com/LSD2PE6FBk
— TinaTurner (@LoveTinaTurner) October 31, 2021