Tupac Shakur is the latest hip-hop artist to be nominated for entry into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (Suck it, Gene Simmons.)
The late legend, often considered to be the greatest and most important rapper of all time, has been nominated in the first year of eligibility for an artist – 25 years.
Earlier this year saw gangsta rap legends N.W.A inducted into the Hall of Fame (by Kendrick Lamar, no doubt a future nominee himself). Hip-hop inductees have always been contentious, and only five have ever made the cut: Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and N.W.A.
Earlier this year saw the twentieth anniversary of Tupac’s assassination. A biopic is supposedly being released later this year, and while two trailers have been release, it has been delayed numerous times and there have been no recent updates.
The list of Hall of Fame nominees this year is incredible across all genres. Along with Tupac, first time nominees include Pearl Jam, Jane’s Addiction, Depeche Mode and Joan Baez. Meanwhile, Yes, Chic, Janet Jackson and Kraftwerk are among those who have been nominated in the past.
The inductees will be announced in December this year. The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will take place next April at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York.
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