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DJ Kool Herc, Missy Elliot & More Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

LEGENDS & ICONS OF HIP HOP - Post By Kevin Douglas

Included in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023 are Missy Elliott and DJ Kool Herc, among others.

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The complete list of artists was announced on Wednesday, and it also includes Kate Bush, Rage Against the Machine, Chaka Khan, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, George Michael, and the Spinners. John Sykes, chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said that this year’s inductees “reflect the diverse artists and sounds that define rock & roll.”

The Induction Ceremony, which takes place on November 3 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., coincides with two important milestones in music culture: the 90th birthday of Willie Nelson and the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip-hop according to a report by Variety.

Missy Elliott, who was on the ballot for the first time, joins a long list of legendary hip-hop artists already in the hall, including Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-D.M.C., Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, N.W.A, 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., and LL Cool J, among others. Sykes noted that Elliott’s induction on her first ballot is a testament to the power of hip-hop music culture today, similar to the first-ballot inductions of JAY-Z and Eminem in previous years. Elliott is the only artist in the Class of 2023 to make it in her first year of eligibility, although it was also the first year on the ballot for Crow and Michael.

The 38th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony does not have an official media partner as the hall’s contract with HBO has expired.