ROCK HAUL: SHAKUR, PEARL JAM, BAEZ, ELO, YES, JOURNEY GET IN
The late rapper Tupac Shakur and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam lead a class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees that also include folkie Joan Baez and 1970s favorites Journey, Yes and Electric Light Orchestra.
The rock hall also said Tuesday it would give a special award to Nile Rodgers, whose disco-era band Chic failed again to make the cut after its 11th time nominated.
The hall’s 32nd annual induction ceremony will take place April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. HBO will show highlights later, with SiriusXM doing a radio broadcast.
Shakur was shot and killed after attending a boxing match in Las Vegas in 1996, a murder that has spawned conspiracy theories but remains unsolved. “Changes,” “Keep Ya Head Up” and “Life Goes On” are among his best-known songs.
While Shakur, Baez, Pearl Jam and ELO were elected this year in their first time on the ballot, Chic has endured years of disappointment.
The hall’s award for musical excellence to songwriter and guitarist Rodgers is no consolation prize. When disco cooled, Rodgers became one of the hottest producers in the business, behind the boards for some of the 1980s’ most indelible albums: David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” and the B-52s’ “Cosmic Thing.”
Nile Rodgers will get a special award after his disco-era band Chic failed to make the hall for the 11th time. Charles Sykes, Invision