The Roc is in the building.
JAY-Z will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, it was officially announced. He joins an illustrious list of inductees for the Class of 2021 including Tina Turner, Foo Fighters, The Go-Goís, Carole King, and Todd Rundgren.
Additionally, LL Cool J, Billy Preston, and Randy Rhoads will receive the Musical Excellence Award. Kraftwerk, Gil Scott Heron, and Charley Patton will get the Early Influence Award, and Sussex Records founder Clarence Avant will be honored with the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
ó Rock Hall (@rockhall) May 12, 2021
JAY-Z was inducted in his first year of eligibility. In order to be eligible for this yearís ballot, each nomineeís first single or album had to have been released in 1995 or earlier. JAY-Zís debut album, Reasonable Doubt, dropped in 1996.
Three of this yearís inducteesĖTina Turner, Dave Grohl, and Carole KingĖare entering the Hall of Fame for the second time. Turner entered in 1991 as half of the duo Ike & Tina Turner.
ďThis is our most diverse class in the history of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,Ē John Sykes, chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said in a statement. ďIt really represents the Hallís ongoing commitment to honor the artists that have created not only rock and roll, but the sound of youth culture.Ē
Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, and Dionne Warwick were also among this yearís 16-nominee ballot, but did not garner enough votes.
The induction ceremony will be held at Clevelandís Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Oct. 30 and will broadcast on HBO Max at a later date.