Pioneer of Afrobeat, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti has lost out of the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation on Wednesday announced the new inductees of the 2021 class; Jay-Z, the Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Carole King, Todd Rundgren, and Tina Turner.
Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s and Jay-Z were on the ballot for the first time this year.
Speaking of the new inductees, the Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said, John Skyes, “This diverse class of talented Inductees reflects the Rock Hall’s ongoing commitment to honor artists whose music created the sound of youth culture. It will make for an unforgettable live celebration of music in October at this year’s Induction Ceremony in Cleveland.”
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.
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Some of the factors considered were 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.
Fela was announced as a nominee for the award in February.
However, the result of the final fans’ ballot revealed that Fela came in second behind American-born singer, songwriter, and actress, Tina Turner.