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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces class of 2021 inductees

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Three first-time nominees and three artists getting in for the second time highlight the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2021.

Foo Fighters, the Go-Go's and rapper Jay-Z were announced as inductees after appearing on the ballot for the first time. Tina Turner, Carole King will each be getting into the Rock Hall for the second time; Turner was previously inducted as part of Ike & Tina Turner, while King was honored with first husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin. Foo Fighters' leader Dave Grohl, meanwhile, is already in the Rock Hall as a member of Nirvana.

Todd Rundgren enters the shrine after his third consecutive appearance on the ballot. And legendary music executive Clarence Avant, a chairman of Motown Records during the 90s, will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.

The 36th induction ceremony is slated to take place on Oct. 30 at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse arena in Cleveland and broadcast live on HBO. The event will stream afterwards on HBO Max.

The Rock Hall will also honor six-time nominee LL Cool J, Billy Preston and Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads with the Musical Excellence Award. German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, early rapper Gil Scott-Heron and Charley Patton will receive the Early Influence Award.

Inductees are determined by voting of more than 1,000 music industry professionals, while a public fan vote conducted online determines one ballot that's part of the mix. An exhibit dedicated to the inductees is expected to open during summer at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, will the exact date still to be determined.

This marks the first year the ceremony will be held at Cleveland's major sports arena after four previous stops at the smaller Public Auditorium. Tickets are expected to go on sale during July, although it's not yet clear what COVID-19 pandemic capacity restrictions and other protocols will be in place.

Updates will be available via rockhall.com.

Web Site: www.rockhall.com

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