Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Mary J. Blige among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

Artists are eligible for a nomination 25 years after the release of their first official recording.

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Mary J. Blige performs at the Essence Festival in 2019, in New Orleans. Blige made this year’s list of nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Mary J. Blige performs at the Essence Festival in 2019, in New Orleans. Blige made this year’s list of nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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NEW YORK — Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Tina Turner and Iron Maiden lead this year’s nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a female-heavy list of 16 acts that includes for the first time The Go-Go’s, Mary J. Blige and Dionne Warwick.

Artists are eligible for a nomination 25 years after the release of their first official recording. There are two newly eligible acts in Jay-Z and Foo Fighters while artists nominated for the first time include Blige, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, Warwick and Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.

Several candidates are looking for a second spot in the hall. Turner would be inducted for a second time, having gone to the hall as part of Ike & Tina Turner in 1991. Nominee Carole King is already in the hall as a songwriter and she would go in again this time as a performer. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is already in the hall as a member of Nirvana.

If elected, King and Turner would become the second and third female artists inducted twice, following Stevie Nicks’ 2019 election; she was also in as a member of Fleetwood Mac.

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs at the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2019.

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs at the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2019.

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“This remarkable ballot reflects the diversity and depth of the artists and music the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates,” said John Sykes, Chairman of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, in a statement Wednesday. “These nominees have left an indelible impact on the sonic landscape of the world and influenced countless artists that have followed them.”

Other nominees this year include: Kate Bush, Devo, Chaka Khan, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine and Todd Rundgren. LL Cool J is on his sixth nomination and Chaka Khan is on her third solo nomination.

The class of 2021 will be announced in May.

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