Jay-Z and LL Cool J are among the trailblazing artists who will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame later this year, the organization announced this week.
Joining the two rappers in the 2021 class of inductees are Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Go’s, Foo Fighters, Todd Rundgren, Kraftwerk, Charley Patton, Gil Scott-Heron, Billy Preston, Randy Rhoads and Clarence Avant.
Jay-Z was nominated for the first time earlier this year and will be inducted under the Performer Category. Per the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame rules, artists are only eligible for nomination after their debut effort has turned 25 years old. Hov’s classic debut, Reasonable Doubt, was released in 1996, making him eligible for nomination this year.
“This diverse class of talented inductees reflects the Rock Hall’s ongoing commitment to honor artists whose music created the sound of youth culture,” John Sykes, chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said in a press statement. “It will make for an unforgettable live celebration of music in October at this year’s Induction Ceremony in Cleveland.”
LL Cool J, who has been nominated a total of six times, will be honored at the induction ceremony with the Musical Excellence Award. The award is also going to Billy Preston and Randy Rhoads. LL reacted to the news on Instagram: “You can do anything you put your mind to. Thank you.”
The 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on October 30 at 8 pm EST at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. The ceremony will later air on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max.