Icons of Music: 2024 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

Published February 10, 2024

The coveted list of nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 2024 induction includes a stellar lineup of luminaries from diverse musical backgrounds. Among the acclaimed artists nominated are R&B powerhouse Mary J. Blige, vocal sensation Mariah Carey, the legendary Cher, rock and soul artist Lenny Kravitz, and the posthumously honored Sinéad O'Connor.

Eclectic Range of Nominees

Famed British band Oasis and globally celebrated soloist Sade, alongside the larger-than-life persona of Ozzy Osbourne, also secure nominations, with Osbourne bringing a nostalgic recall to the 1980s rock era that entranced and shocked many. This year’s aspirants extend to hip-hop with Eric B. & Rakim, rock with Foreigner and Peter Frampton, alternative music with Jane's Addiction and Dave Matthews Band, and to Kool & the Gang, who have left a indelible mark on dance music.

Breaking Records and Barriers

Distinguished by their unique soundscapes that echo through time, these artists have not only created music but have also inspired subsequent generations of musicians. Marks of distinction are evident as Mariah Carey is celebrated for her 19 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, while Mary J. Blige boasts eight multi-platinum albums alongside her nine Grammy Awards. Cher holds the singular achievement of chart-topping songs across six consecutive decades, emphasizing the potential for a more inclusive Rock Hall gallery.

Honoring Music's Pioneers

Eligibility for the Hall of Fame requires artists to have their first commercial recording released at least 25 years prior. The nominations bring first-time nods to many, including Kool & the Gang, Oasis, and the 'Sweetest Taboo' singer Sade, fresh off her Songwriters Hall of Fame induction. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will hold the induction ceremony in Cleveland during the fall, celebrating the newly elected music legends.

Fans and Professionals Unite in Decision

The selection process involves over 1,000 industry professionals, artists, and historians, alongside a public vote that contributes a 'fans’ ballot' to the overall tally. This collective decision-making reflects the influence and impact these artists have had on both the industry and music enthusiasts worldwide.

Past Inductees

In the previous year, the Rock Hall celebrated the induction of artists such as Missy Elliott, Willie Nelson, and the pioneer behind 'Soul Train,' Don Cornelius, demonstrating the rich diversity of talents that the Hall acknowledges. This tradition of honoring music legends continues as we look forward to the 2024 inductions.

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