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Mary J. Blige, Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, A Tribe Called Quest and Foreigner enter Rock Hall

NEW YORK | Mary J. Blige, Cher, Foreigner, A Tribe Called Quest, Kool & The Gang and Ozzy Osbourne have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a class that also includes folk rockers Dave Matthews Band and singer-guitarist Peter Frampton.

Alexis Korner, John Mayall and Big Mama Thornton earned the Musical Influence Award, while the late Jimmy Buffett, MC5, Dionne Warwick and Norman Whitfield will receive the Musical Excellence Award. Pioneering music manager Suzanne de Passe won the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

“Rock ‘n’ roll is an ever-evolving amalgam of sounds that influences culture and moves generations,” John Sykes, chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said in a statement. “This diverse group of inductees each broke musical barriers and influenced countless artists who followed in their footsteps.”

The induction ceremony will take place on October 19 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. The film will stream live on Disney+, air at a later date on ABC and be available on Hulu the next day.

Music acts that were nominated this year but didn’t make the cut included Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, the late Sinéad O’Connor, soul pop singer Sade, Britpoppers Oasis, hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim and alt-rockers Jane’s Addiction.

There had been a huge push to get Foreigner – featuring the hits ‘Urgent’ and ‘Hot Blooded’ – into the venue, with Mark Ronson, Jack Black, Slash, Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney all publicly backing the move. Ronson’s stepfather is Mick Jones, founder, songwriter and lead guitarist of Foreigner.

Osbourne, who made many parents clutch their pearls in the 1980s with his devilish images and sloppy music, is set to work as a solo artist after already joining the ranks of metal masters Black Sabbath.

Four of the eight nominees – Cher, Foreigner, Frampton and Kool & the Gang – were on the ballot for the first time.

Cher – the only artist to have a No. 1 song in each of the last six decades – and Blige, with eight multi-platinum albums and nine Grammy Awards, will help increase the number of women in the room, which critics say is too much is. low.

Artists must have released their first commercial recording for at least 25 years before being eligible for induction.

The nominees were voted on by more than 1,000 artists, historians and music industry professionals. Fans voted online or in person at the museum, with the top five artists chosen by the public forming a ‘fan ballot’ that was added to the other professional ballots.

Last year, Missy Elliott, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Chaka Khan, “Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius, Kate Bush and the late George Michael were among the artists who entered the venue.


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