This morning, the rock and roll hall of fame announced its 2018 shortlist, including Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, Moody Blues, Cars and Nina Simone. In addition, the Rosetta Tharpe sisters will receive the Early Influence award. Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and The Cars are included in The Rock&Roll hall of fame in many ways within a year, including a qualified artist, like Radiohead, Kate Bush, Depeche Mode, Rage against The machine and LL Cool J.
One thing you can say about the rock and roll hall of fame is that it knows its audience. Hall of fame often does not pay attention to modern voices, diverse genres, and the inclusion of female artists in favor of white rock bands. This is part of a trend that is planning a majority of the time in the history of non-representativeness and music. In recent years, this has caused constant controversy. In 2016, Steve Miller accepted his award at the induction ceremony and denounced the agency for not embracing women (less than 14 percent of women were women at the time). The same year, the traditional rock band refused to accept the rap group NWA in the hall of fame.
It seems that hall of fame has made some progress in 2017, including Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez and Nile Rodgers. But in 2018, the poll showed that it had recovered to predictable rhythms, with white rock bands becoming the main force in the class.
There are some welcome exceptions. Nina simone’s induction is great, a cross-stylistic artist and activist, and simone’s music is still in every genre, especially the influence of modern hip-hop. In addition, Rosetta Tharpe sisters is often described as “rock godmother,” this is a Gospel music idol, his music caused the crossover appeal, and affected the Elvis Presley, little Richard, and Johnny cash.
Unfortunately, however, modern, genre artists such as Kate Bush and Radiohead have not been well received. Nor did LL Cool J push hip-hop into the mainstream. Some people think that Radiohead’s sn might might be due to the band’s conflict with the rock and roll hall of fame. As Radiohead guitarist Ed O ‘brien told me last month, “if I’m honest, I don’t understand, it’s just a British look, ‘ok, thank you. What does that mean? It’s a little thin for black artists and hip-hop artists. ”
If so, Radiohead is being punished for the band’s criticism of hall of fame – which shows how little the institution is. Having specific tastes is one thing, but dealing with an unfair version of music history is quite another. If this is a responsible for save the music can provide the best music institutions, so it should really do that, as long as there is an objective attitude, and there is no prejudice on the genre. If we can’t keep up with The Times, another agency should take its place.