Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Tina Turner and Iron Maiden lead this year’s historic list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees. Rolling Stone was the first to reveal the class Wednesday morning.
The Class of 2021 will be inducted during a ceremony held in Cleveland at a yet-to-be-determined date and venue this fall. Joining the aforementioned acts on the ballot are Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, The Go-Go’s, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, Todd Rundgren and Dionne Warwick.
It marks the most female-heavy ballot the Rock Hall has ever produced with seven of the 16 acts being led by women. These 2021 nominations are also the most racially diverse in 15 years.
Notably missing out on nominations this year were Kraftwerk, nominated six times since 2003, and Dave Matthews Band and Pat Benatar, who finished in the top two in the 2020 Fan Vote. Speaking of which, fans can have their say via the annual online poll until April 30 by visiting rockhall.com. The top five artists from the Fan Vote will comprise one “fan’s ballot” tallied along with more than 1,000 other ballots from musicians, historians and music industry members.
The Rock Hall’s Class of 2021 will be announced in May. Ticket information for the fall ceremony will be announced at a later date.