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Blacks Missy Elliott, the Spinners among the 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees in the performer category....By, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, associate publisher

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland-based Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has chosen its inductees for the class of 2023 with Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, George Michael, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine and the Spinners making the cut for the performer category. Elliott, the Spinners and a Tribe Called Quest, which was not chosen for induction, were the only Blacks nominated out of 14 nominees in the performer category.

Others winning induction are DJ Kool Herc and Link Wray in the Musical Influence Award category.

Chaka Khan, Al Kooper and Bernie Taupin will be inducted as Musical Excellence Award recipients, and the late Don Cornelius will be honored with the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

“This year’s incredible group of Inductees reflects the diverse artists and sounds that define rock & roll,” said John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “We are honored that this November’s Induction Ceremony in New York will coincide with two milestones in music culture [and]the 90th birthday of Willie Nelson and the 50th Anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop.

The full list of nominees for the performer category are as follows

  • Kate Bush
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Missy Elliott
  • Iron Maiden
  • Joy Division/New Order
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • George Michael
  • Willie Nelson
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Soundgarden
  • The Spinners
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • The White Stripes
  • Warren Zevon
The 38th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, Nov 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. To be eligible for induction, artists are required to have released their first record 25 years prior to induction. Learn more about the qualifications and categories here:

In determining this year's class of inductees, and some previous year inductees, ballots were sent to an international voting body of more than 1,200 artists, including current living inductees, historians and members of the music industry and actors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.

By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, associate publisher. Coleman is a Black political, legal and investigative reporter who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post in Cleveland, Ohio, and under two publishers and several editors and, Ohio's most read Black and alternative digital newspaper and Black blog.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email:



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