African-American Artists Stand to Make History in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


For the first time, Americans will be able to participate in a fan poll to help pick the 2013 class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a group of artists which includes several Black musicians.

Chic, Donna Summer, and The Marvelettes are among the fifteen nominees announced as possible inductees for the 28th annual class, which will be recognized next year.

The range of Black nominees spans different time periods and cultures, including everything from blues guitarist Albert King to the controversial hip-hop groups N.W.A., led by the late Easy-E, and Public Enemy.

“The definition of ‘rock and roll’ means different things to different people, but as broad as the classifications may be, they all share a common love of the music,” Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said in a statement. “This year we again proudly put forth a fantastic array of groups and artists that span the entire genre that is ‘rock and roll.’”

Inductees become eligible for initiation into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their initial record.


Those considered for induction must obtain at least 50 percent of the more than 600 votes cast by members of the organization. This year’s induction process includes a “fan’s ballot” that will consist of the top five artists chosen by the music lovers around the globe and will be included among the experts’ votes.

Fans will be able to cast their vote until Dec. 5. The new inductees will be announced in early December of this year, with an awards show to take place on April 18 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and aired on HBO.

The first class of inductees was announced in 1986 and included great American acts such as Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, James Brown, Ray Charles, and Sam Cooke.