Back in October, we told you who was nominated to be in the class of 2017, today The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced six artists for the Performer Category and one individual for the Award for Musical Excellence to be inducted in 2017.
The six artists are; Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, and Yes.
The Award for Musical Excellence is being given to Nile Rogers of the 11 time nominated band, Chic. Rogers has established himself as a powerhouse producer, producing hits such as Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” and “Material Girl”, Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” and Diana Ross’ “Upside Down”. He was also featured on Daft Punk's mega hit "Get Lucky" in 2013.
Pearl Jam, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur are all on the roster after their first year of eligibility. Tupac Shakur will be the first ever solo, hip-hop artist to be inducted. Other hip-hop acts in the hall include Run DMC, The Beastie Boys and class of 2016’s NWA.
Pearl Jam and Journey along with Electric Light Orchestra and Yes are winners from the “Fan’s Ballot”. This ballot was comprised of the top five artists as voted on by the public via the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s website.
The induction ceremony will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on April 7, 2017. An abbreviated version of the ceremony will air on HBO.
Written by Kristen
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