Kraftwerk finally granted entry to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after six rejections
German synth pioneers Kraftwerk will finally enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after being snubbed by the academy on six occasions.
Jay-Z, Tina Turner, Foo Fighters and Carole King are among the musicians that will be inducted into the Hall, based in Cleveland, Ohio, at this year’s ceremony.
Artists or bands become eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first record.
The inductees are chosen by an international group of more than 1,200 artists, including current living inductees, historians and members of the music industry.
The nominating committee has proposed Kraftwerk, whose influence over contemporary pop is greater than The Beatles according to some critics, on six occasions.
The voting members rejected the Dusseldorf quartet each time.
In 2021, Kraftwerk will be granted “backdoor entry” with an Early Influence Award, alongside along spoken word artist Gil Scott-Heron and blues guitarist Charley Patton.
Kraftwerk launched the electronic music revolution in 1974 with their Beach Boys pastiche, Autobahn.
The omission of the group, whose music provided the building blocks for hip-hop and techno, was particularly glaring given the induction of groups directly inspired by Kraftwerk, such as Depeche Mode.
The Early Influence Award is given to musicians that have “directly influenced and helped inspire and evolve rock and roll and music that has impacted youth culture”.
The class of 2021 will receive their awards at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in October.
Proud Mary singer Turner was previously inducted alongside her ex-husband as part of Ike & Tina Turner in 1991, but has now earned a solo spot in the Hall of Fame.
Turner retired after a sold-out farewell tour, which ended in 2009, and was recently the subject of a documentary which was billed as a way of saying goodbye to her fans.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was also previously inducted in 2014 as a member of rock band Nirvana, while Tapestry singer King was previously inducted with co-songwriter Gerry Goffin in 1990.
The Go-Gos and Todd Rundgren will also be among the 2021 inductees.