The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has revealed its class of 2021, including The Go-Go’s, Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Carole King, Todd Rundgren and Tina Turner, who will be inducted in the Performers Category.
LL Cool J, Billy Preston, and Randy Rhoads are set to receive the Musical Excellence Award. Kraftwerk, Gil Scott-Heron, and Charley Patton will be receiving the Early Influence Award. Finally, Sussex Records founder Clarence Avant will be given the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
The Go-Go’s have been eligible for the Rock Hall since 2006, when their debut album Beauty and the Beat turned 25. “Women have always been a vital part of the ever changing music business and we are so proud to have our success story honored and recognized by the @rockhall and our wonderful fans!” the band said on Twitter. “Thank you all so much!”
We are so EXCITED to announce that we will be … inducted into the 2021 Rock Hall of Fame!! 🤩💖🎶 Women have always been a vital part of the ever changing music business and we are so proud to have our success story honored and recognized by the @rockhall and our wonderful fans! pic.twitter.com/7q175tQjQU
— The Go-Go's (@officialgogos) May 12, 2021
The Foos had a far cheekier response to their induction: “Holy shit! The guitar player from the Germs is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!!!” they tweeted, referring to guitarist Pat Smear’s membership in the influential punk band.
Holy shit! The guitar player from The Germs is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!!! pic.twitter.com/HgHrD9HtWP
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) May 12, 2021
The 36th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony is set to take place on 30 October, at Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. This will mark the Rock Hall’s return to a live ceremony, as last year’s ceremony was a pre-recorded virtual event in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Viewers will be able to hear a live simulcast on SiriusXM, and an edited screening will be available later on HBO and HBO Max.
Last year’s inductees included Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode and Whitney Houston, among others. Foo Fighters dropped their tenth full-length album Medicine at Midnight earlier this year, while in August 2020, The Go-Go’s released “Club Zero,” their first new song in nearly 20 years.