Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to Induct Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe


While much of the world is slow to acknowledge Black peoples’ contributions to and influence of art and entertainment, most recognize the contributions and influence of Black women even less. And while popular culture in general is making more of an effort to prioritize diversity, it’s difficult to ignore how limited (and sometimes patronizing) these efforts are. The Cleveland-based Rock & Roll Hall of Fame committee, however, is on the right track as the institution announced that Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe were named among inductees for the 2018 class.

Miss Simone, known for her tuneful, audio essays lamenting and praising Black identity features as the only solo artist in the Performer category which is mostly dominated by white Rock bands. Tharpe will posthumously and deservingly receive the Award for Early Influence since her use of the Electric Guitar precedes the dawn of the genre itself. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s annual ceremony and tribute concert will be held April 14, 2018, at which time these two music pioneers and all the other nominees will officially be inducted.

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