Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Tina Turner & More To Be Inducted Into the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Autumn Simon

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced its 2021 inductees on Wednesday, May 12. Inductees on the illustrious list are rock band Foo Fighters, East Coast hip-hop rapper-turned-entrepreneur Jay-Z,  the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” Tina Turner and more. Saluted as “the most diverse list of Inductees in the history of the organization,” the 2021 ballot has left audiences excited to see these long-awaited artists receive the most prestigious award of all in music.

Founded by Ahmet Ertegun, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was established to honor artists, producers and creatives in the music industry. The official museum is located in downtown Cleveland and features seven levels of galleries and memorabilia. Past inductees include Elvis Presley, James Brown, The Beatles, and Janet Jackson, just to name a few. To be eligible for nomination, an artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior.

Normally taking place annually, 2020’s HOF celebration was sadly shifted to an exclusive HBO special due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 class honored Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G. and T-Rex. The program aired on November 7, 2020, with celebrities like Charlize Theron and Sean “Diddy” Combs to induct the winners. Fortunately, the museum and hall of fame are now open and will debut its 2020 Inductee exhibit on August 14. The ceremony will also be celebrating the 36th Induction in the fall.

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Music fans were allowed to vote for the nominees, and the top 5 artists with the highest number of votes won the Final Fan Ballot. Topping this year’s list was Turner, who is now a two-time inductee. Other artists celebrating their second time on the list are singer-songwriter, Carole King and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl. Other nominees that were on the ballot but didn’t make it to the final round were Mary J. Blige, Dionne Warwick and Chaka Khan.

While many artists unsuccessfully didn’t make this year’s list, 2021’s inductees feature an ensemble of musicians that broke barriers long before their nomination.

Read the full list of the new class below:

Performer Category:

Tina Turner

Carole King

The Go-Go’s


Foo Fighters

Todd Rundgren

Early Influence Award:


Charley Patton

Gil Scott-Heron

Musical Excellence Award:

LL Cool J

Billy Preston

Randy Rhoads

Ahmet Ertegun Award:

Clarence Avant

The 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 8 p.m. ET at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland and tickets go on sale to the public and members in July. Fans can also watch the ceremony on HBO Max.