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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Foo Fighters lead the 2021 nominees

Rockers the Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Iron Maiden, Dionne Warwick and Carole King are among the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees.

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was previously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of Nirvana in 2014, but it’s the first time Foo Fighters have been nominated.

The Learn to Fly hitmaker revealed he would like The Police drummer Stewart Copeland to induct the band should they be chosen to enter the Hall of Fame. The reason is that Copeland inspired him to start Foo Fighters as a solo project after Nirvana dissolved in 1994.

Why Dave Grohl wants Stewart Copeland there

Grohl told Howard Stern on his SiriusXM show: “One of the reasons why I did that is because when I was young someone gave me a record by an artist named Klark Kent, right?

“It was this kind of weird, fringe thing. Klark Kent? Who’s Klark Kent? It sounded a lot like The Police. It sounded a lot like The Police, because it was actually Stewart Copeland. The drummer of The Police made this record under the name Klark Kent. He didn’t put his name on the record.”

Grohl added: “If you’ve ever hung out with Stewart Copeland, he can make a f****** speech.”

Carole King previously inducted into Hall of Fame

As for Carole King, she was previously inducted as a songwriter along with Gerry Goffin in 1990. Tina Tuner is also up for 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame solo honour, having been inducted in 1991 with her former husband, Ike Turner.

Rage Against The Machine have also received their second nod, having previously being nominated in 2019. LL Cool J has been nominated for a sixth time and it’s Chaka Khan’s third time as a solo artist.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination for Jay-Z

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Rapper Jay-Z is among the first-time nominees. Image: Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images

It is the first time Jay-Z has qualified for a Hall of Fame nomination. Other nominees for 2021 include Kate Bush, New York Dolls and Todd Rundgren.

John Sykes, chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said:

“This remarkable ballot reflects the diversity and depth of the artists and music the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrates. These nominees have left an indelible impact on the sonic landscape of the world and influenced countless artists that have followed them.”

2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame winners

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Whitney Houston received a posthumous induction into the Hall of Fame in 2020. Image: Scott Gries/Getty Images

The 2020 ceremony was held virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious BIG, T Rex, Whitney Houston and the Doobie Brothers were honoured as inductees.

The class of 2021 will be unveiled in May.

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