Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige are among the artists on this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot; both are first time nominees. Per the Rock Hall’s rules, to be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.
Other notable nominees on the ballot include Chaka Khan, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, Dionne Warwick and Tina Turner. Turner has already been inducted, as part of the duo Ike and Tina Turner in 1991. A number of other artists have been inducted twice, including Michael Jackson (with the Jackson 5 and as a solo artist), Curtis Mayfield (with the Impressions and as a solo artist) and Paul McCartney (with the Beatles and as a solo artist).
The rest of the ballot includes the Foo Fighters, Rage Against The Machine, Kate Bush, Devo, the Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, Carole King, the New York Dolls and Todd Rundgren.
Ballots are sent to an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, historians, and members of the music industry. Factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work are taken into consideration.
There is also a fan ballot: today through April 30, fans can vote every day at rockhall.com, or at the Museum in Cleveland. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to select the 2021 Inductees.
Inductees will be announced in May 2021. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 Induction Ceremony will take place in Cleveland, Ohio this fall. Details and ticket on-sale information will be announced later.