Jay-Z, LL Cool J Earn Nominations for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2021

Submitted by notoriousclassics on Wed, 02/10/2021 - 15:24
L-R: LL Cool J, Jay-Z

Two undisputed legends of hip-hop are among the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's potential class of 2021.

Jay-Z and LL Cool J join this year's 16 hopefuls, all of whom have released iconic and definitive musical works since 1995 or earlier. The nominees, announced Feb. 10, represent the most diverse slate of would-be inductees in the Hall's 35-year history, with nine of the acts comprised of people of color.

LL Cool J is no stranger to the Rock Hall ballot, having been nominated five times before in 2010, 2011, 2014, 2018 and 2019. This is, however, Jay-Z's first nomination - and more impressively, his first year of eligibility.

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As with previous years, fans can participate in a fan vote, picking their five favorites once a day through April 30. The inductees will be announced in May, with a ceremony to follow at the Cleveland, Ohio-based museum in the fall.

The complete list of nominees are:

  • Mary J. Blige
  • Kate Bush
  • Devo
  • Foo Fighters
  • The Go-Go's
  • Iron Maiden
  • Jay-Z
  • Chaka Khan
  • Carole King
  • Fela Kuti
  • LL Cool J
  • New York Dolls
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Tina Turner
  • Dionne Warwick