Late Afrobeat icon, Fela Kuti, has been nominated for possible induction into the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In the list released on Wednesday, the ace musician was named among 16 others up for this year’s edition of the honour.
This year, seven artistes including Fela, Jay-Z, Foo Fighters and Tina Turner made the list for the first time.
Those with the highest votes will be announced in May and inducted at a ceremony in the fall in Cleveland, Ohio.
Commenting on the list, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Chairman, John Sykes, said this year’s selection is the most racially diverse since 1996.
He said: “This remarkable ballot reflects the diversity and depth of the artists and music the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates. These nominees have left an indelible impact on the sonic landscape of the world and influenced countless artists that have followed them.”
American rapper, Notorious B.I.G as well as US gospel singer, Whitney Houston, were among those inducted into the Hall of Fame last year.
Here’s the full list of nominees for the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
- Kate Bush
- Foo Fighters
- The Go-Go’s
- Iron Maiden
- Chaka Khan
- Carole King
- Fela Kuti
- LL Cool J
- New York Dolls
- Rage Against the Machine
- Todd Rundgren
- Tina Turner
- Dionne Warwick