Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominations: Cher, Sinéad O'Connor and More

Cher, Mariah Carey, Sade, Oasis, Lenny Kravitz and the late Sinéad O'Connor are among the artists nominated for the first time to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the organization announced Saturday.

Also on the ballot for the Class of 2024 are Foreigner, Kool & the Gang and Peter Frampton (all first-time nominees), as well as five acts who have previously been nominated for induction: Mary J. Blige, Dave Matthews Band, Jane's . Addiction, Eric B. & Rakim and A Tribe Called Quest. Ozzy Osbourne, who joined the hall in 2006 as a member of the pioneering British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, is nominated for the first time as a solo artist.

The group of artists representing pop, funk, hip-hop, alternative rock, metal, R&B and the jam band scene reflects the growing diversification of the venue, which after years of criticism for overvaluing the work of older white men has expanded its offerings. selection process according to gender, race and style.

“Continuing in the true spirit of rock 'n' roll, these artists have created their own sounds that have impacted generations and influenced many others who have followed in their footsteps,” John Sykes, president of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Rock & Roll. , he said in a statement. Last year's inductees were Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, George Michael, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine and the Spinners.

An artist or band is eligible for incorporation 25 years after the release of their first commercial recording. Nominations are voted on by more than 1,000 musicians, executives, historians and journalists.

The announcement of the 2024 vote comes just months after the salon's co-founder, Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner, was expelled from the organization following widely criticized comments he made about black and female artists in an interview with the New York Times.

When asked why he included only white men in a collection of interviews titled “The Masters,” Wenner said artists like Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder were not “articulate” or “intellectual” enough to merit inclusion.

This year's inductees will be announced in late April, and a ceremony will be held in the fall in Cleveland, where the hall museum is located.

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