This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, and The Moody Blues. Amongst a list of all-male groups, Nina Simone becomes a standout. The late jazz singer was the subject of two films in recent years; one a documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015), and another a feature film starring Zoe Saldana, Nina (2016). Renewed interest in the singer surely tipped this nomination, as Simone has been up for induction since 1986.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a black queer guitarist and singer from the ‘30s will also be inducted for the Early Influence Award. Tharpe has often been heralded as a pioneer of music in the mid-20th century with the folk revival, and influenced the likes of Elvis.
The award ceremony will happen on April 14 in Cleveland, Ohio, and will be broadcast on HBO. Tickets for attendance will be available in January.
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