The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, founded in 1983 with it’s first class inducted in 1986 was created to celebrate the greatest genre of music on the planet; ROCK. Over the past few years the selections have seen fewer and fewer rock acts nominated and even fewer actually being inducted. This year was no different. With Dolly Parton, Eminem, Duran Duran (don’t get me wrong, they’re great, but not what you’d classify as rock) Pat Benatar, Lionel Richie and Carly Simmon being inducted this year it has rock fans in a tizzy. Now, there are usually some solid rockers in the early stages of voting, Beck was nominated this year in addition to The New York Dolls.
This year, Judas Priest ‘won’ the “Musical Excellence” Award, which in my eyes comes across as a consolation prize if anything. The Musical Excellence Award (originally called the ‘sideman category’) is given to an artist who’s originality and influence have had a dramatic impact on music. I’d say Judas Priest and Rage Against the Machine for that matter have done that… and then some!
I’m happy that Priest will get some recognition that they rightfully deserve, but there is still a lot that can be done to make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame more Rockin’ in the future!
Sourced from Loudwire, Blabbermouth and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame