Missy Elliott has made history today: she will be first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To be eligible, artists are required to have released their first record 25 years prior to induction. Missy’s first album, Supa Dupa Fly, was released in 1997. Of course, a number of other hip-hop artists have been inducted over the years, including Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-D.M.C., the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, N.W.A., Tupac Shakur, the Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and Eminem. LL Cool J wasn’t voted in, but was presented with the Musical Excellence Award.
Other inductees this year include Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, George Michael, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine and the Spinners.
This year, Chaka Khan will be one of the recipients of the Musical Excellence Award. Chaka Khan has been nominated for the Hall of Fame three times as a solo artist, and four additional times with her band Rufus. Additionally, DJ Kool Herc will be honored with the Musical Influence award. That award is given to artists, musicians, songwriters and producers whose originality and influence creating music have had a dramatic impact on music. DJ Kool Herc threw block parties in the Bronx in the early 1970s. One of those parties, a back-to-school event for his sister Cindy, held at 1520 Sedgewick Avenue on August 11, 1973, is widely considered to be the moment hip-hop culture began – when all the elements came together in one place.
Also being honored this year is Don Cornelius who will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which is presented to non-performing industry professionals who have had a major influence on the creative development and growth of rock & roll and music that has impacted youth culture. Cornelius was the creator, host and producer of the legendary Soul Train show in the ’70s and ’80s. Cornelius passed away in 2012.
The 38th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, November 3, 2023 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Ticket on sale information will be announced at a later date.