Thursday, April 18, 2024

Rock Hall Inducts 13 Artists Except for Top Vote Getter Cyndi Lauper, Adds Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Missy Elliott, George Michael, and Even Al Kooper


You can always count on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to do something weird. So this year they’ve more than doubled the number of new inductees but left out the top living vote-getter.

What happened to Cyndi Lauper?

The list includes George Michael, Sheryl Crow, Chaka Khan, Kate Bush, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine, and my personal favorite, The Spinners.

There are also a bunch of miscellaneous people like great blues guitarist Al Kooper, late “Soul Train” producer and innovator Don Cornelius, Link Wray, rap originator DJ Kool Herc, and the towering living lyricist and Elton John collaborator, Bernie Taupin.

What happened to Cyndi Lauper? She was number 1 in the Fan Vote among living people. Why do the fan vote if you ignore the musician who got the most votes? Time after time, this is what happens. The Rock Hall shows its true colors.

Well, anyway, these are all fine people, and the sheer number of them ensures a long night at Barclay Center this fall.

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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