Rage Against the Machine Will Be Inducted Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
West Coast legends Rage Against the Machine will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year, their fifth nomination and obviously first successful bid. Rage Against the Machine will be joined by a diverse and exciting list of artists but there are two notable exclusions: Soundgarden and Iron Maiden, two artists who both placed top five in the fan vote for artists who should be inducted this year.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Chairman John Sykes had this to say about the 2023 class:
“This year’s incredible group of Inductees reflects the diverse artists and sounds that define rock & roll. We are honored that this November’s Induction Ceremony in New York will coincide with two milestones in music culture; the 90th birthday of Willie Nelson and the 50th Anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop.”
The full list includes:
- Kate Bush
- Sheryl Crow
- Missy Elliott
- George Michael
- Willie Nelson
- Rage Against The Machine
- The Spinners
- DJ Kool Herc (Musical Influence Award)
- Link Wray (Musical Influence Award)
- Chaka Khan (Musical Excellence Award)
- Al Kooper (Musical Excellence Award)
- Bernie Taupin (Musical Excellence Award)
- Don Cornelius (Ahmet Ertegun Award)
Earlier this year, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello spoke to Rolling Stone about the importance of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and what a nomination means to him and the band.
“Well, I’m a big proponent of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I like the idea there’s somewhere on the planet that celebrates music. This is Rage Against the Machine’s fifth nomination for the Hall of Fame. The thing I share, with many fans of many bands, is that if the Rock Hall is going to be inducting artists of so many diverse genres, there are a lot of artists from multiple genres that deserve to get in.
“It would be a great place to be. I certainly think Rage Against the Machine, among a lot of other bands, deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”