The late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has been overlooked as the 2021 inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced its 2021 inductees on Wednesday, describing it as the most diverse group by musical genre in the organization’s history.
The late Fela was nominated alongside international artistes like Tina Turner, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Dionne Warwick, and Carole King.
Despite finishing in the public vote behind Tina Turner, the late Nigerian music star was overlooked by the foundation.
For the performer’s category, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, JAY-Z, Carole King, Todd Rundgren and Tina Turner were inducted.
“This diverse class of talented inductees reflects the Hall’s ongoing commitment to honour artists whose music created the sound of youth culture,” John Sykes, chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation said in a statement.
Speaking on the the final outcome of the process, Femi Kuti, one of the sons of the late Afrobeat legend, indicated that another vote which only members of the foundation can take part in was organised.
Apparently there’s another vote only members can take part in, and that’s what counts. So, they kind of wasted our precious time; the positive side is #Fela was trending and many who never heard of him got to hear his music and his story,” Femi said while responding to questions of fans on Twitter.
To be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years before the year of nomination.
The 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 30, 2021.