Foo Fighters, The Go-Go's and Jay-Z Among ASCAP Icons Chosen for Rock Hall 2021
May 13, 2021
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has revealed its 2021 class of inductees, and seven iconic ASCAP acts made the grade!
This year's ASCAP inductees reflect the expansive impact of rock music on other genres, and vice-versa. It includes modern rock superstars (Foo Fighters) and hip-hop kingpins (Jay-Z and LL Cool J); the first all-woman band to top the charts by writing its own material and playing its own instruments (The Go-Go's); a pioneering German ensemble (Kraftwerk) that merged man and machine in their music and visual aesthetic; a virtuoso metal guitarist (Randy Rhoads) and a fiery soul/jazz poet (Gil Scott-Heron).
“This diverse class of talented inductees reflects the Rock Hall’s ongoing commitment to honor artists whose music created the sound of youth culture,” said John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “It will make for an unforgettable live celebration of music in October at this year’s Induction Ceremony in Cleveland.”
To be eligible for the Rock Hall, artists are required to have released their first record 25 years prior to induction. Ballots were sent to an international voting body of more than 1,200 artists, including current living Inductees, historians and members of the music industry. Factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.
The 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, OH, and aired at a later date on HBO and streamed on HBO Max.
Congrats to all of our inductees!
Foo Fighters (Taylor Hawkins and Rami Jaffee)
Early Influence Award
Musical Excellence Award
LL Cool J
Read more about the inductees at the Rock Hall website, and hear some of their music below.