Jay-Z has just topped the list of the 2021 inductees in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The legendary Brooklyn-born rap icon joins fellow rap icon LL Cool J, Tina Turner, Carole King, Todd Rundgren, Foo Fighters, and The Go-Gos in becoming the newest artists to be honored.
LL Cool J will be receiving the Music Excellence Award alongside two other music legends Randy Rhodes and Billy Preston.
In his first year of eligibility, Jay-Z getting into the RRHOF is alarming to some critics who expressed concern that other heavyweights like six-time nominee Chaka Khan, Rage Against The Machine, Dionne Warwick, and The New York Dolls didn’t make the cut.
This year’s inductee list is a diverse mix of artists, including three female acts and two rappers instead of the usual “Boys club” of rock and roll acts from decades ago.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will return with an actual ceremony on October 30th in Cleveland, Ohio, and broadcast on HBO.