The ballots are back for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and it’s a mixed result for fans Urban music.
For while, N.W.A have officially made the list of names set to be bestowed the renown honor, the likes of Janet Jackson and Chaka Khan have not been shortlisted.
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The class of 2016 is comprised of Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Chicago, Steve Miller, and N.W.A (who, despite being previously eligible, are relative rookies compared the other acts).
Boosted no doubt by their blockbuster biopic from this summer, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and co have scored a major coup. Because not only are they cementing for their own legacy (in a year that has seen their history chronicled in such a critically praised way), they serve as this year’s only remotely “Urban” act.
All five artists will be will be presented with the honors at the 31st annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 8th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. HBO will once again air the special in May.
We’re a tad conflicted.
On the one hand, it’s awesome to see N.W.A getting their props, yet the Janet shut-out is oh so grating.
Eligible but ignored for years, it finally seemed as though the relaxation of the historically critiqued voting process would favour Janet. Indeed, some have argued that the voting panel’s picks often skewed towards the patriarchal and the genre-specific. Yet, with the factoring in of the public vote this year (a number of which Janet topped), the hope (at least from us) was that she would dance her way in. Beyond the fact that her popularity saw her serve as the focus of almost every press piece pertaining to the event, it would have made for an awesome cherry-on-top of her ‘Unbreakable’ comeback.
Maybe next time.