This year’s 13 inductees include many queer community icons and faves, including George Michael, Elton John’s collaborator Bernie Taupin, Missy Elliott, Chaka Khan, Kate Bush, and more.
Here’s the full list:
- Willie Nelson (who just turned 90!)
- Don Cornelius
- Sheryl Crow
- DJ Kool Herc
- Al Kooper
- Rage Against the Machine
- The Spinners
- Link Wray
- George Michael
- Bernie Taupin
- Missy Elliott
- Chaka Khan
- Kate Bush
Taupin shared his thoughts about the honor:
For anyone keeping score of the artists who don’t make it in, the seven nominees on the general ballot who missed the cut with voters this go-round (surely the hall would prefer no one call them “snubs”) are A Tribe Called Quest, Iron Maiden, Joy Division/New Order, Cyndi Lauper, Soundgarden, the White Stripes and Warren Zevon.
Don Cornelius helped put many queer artists on the map by featuring funk and disco on Soul Train.
Missy is still out there, as we covered her collab with retro queens FLO. Chaka Khan’s bangers include “I Feel for You” and the oft-sampled “Ain’t Nobody.”
Kate Bush has had a huge resurgence thanks to Stranger Things:
To get the full rundown, check out Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Congrats to all!
Images: Starstock / Photoshot / Avalon (Bush); Ron Wolfson / Avalon (Khan); Dennis Van Tine / Avalon (Elliott)