We here at VH1 would like to extend the heartiest of congrats to this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Donna Summer, Heart, Rush, Public Enemy, Albert King, Randy Newman. Additionally, Lou Adler and Quincy Jones will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.
This year’s class includes an eclectic mix — a disco diva, lady rockers, prog-rock legends, hip-hop pioneers, a guitar hero and, um, Randy Newman (none like him!) among them — and they make for worthy bunch, to be sure. We’re particularly thrilled to see that first time nominees Public Enemy and Rush, as well as VH1 Divas honoree Donna Summer and our favorite female rockers, have made the cut. But we have to ask, what about those who were passed over?
Our very (scientific!) polls showed that you all are probably excited about the inclusion of Rush in this year’s class of honorees, as well as that of Heart, Donna Summer and Albert King; but the numbers also have us thinking that there were a lot of people pulling for early ear-shatterers, Deep Purple, and rock’s leading lady, Joan Jett, both of whom will have to try their luck again next year. We also might have liked to see some more love for NWA and their gangsta rap and Kraftwerk‘s prescient bleep-blooping, because why not let more rappers and weirdos into rock and roll? But, hey, there is always next year!
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