The nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023 have been revealed. The White Stripes, Missy Elliott, Sheryl Crow, Warren Zevon, Cyndi Lauper, George Michael, Willie Nelson, and (packaged together) Joy Division/New Order are among the first-time nominees, while Kate Bush, Iron Maiden, Soundgarden, the Spinners, A Tribe Called Quest, and Rage Against the Machine have also been nominated.
This is the fourth nomination for Kate Bush and the Spinners, and the second for Soundgarden, Iron Maiden, and A Tribe Called Quest. Rage Against the Machine are nominated for the fifth time after being up for induction in 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022.
This week, The Los Angeles Times reported that Billy Joel wrote a letter urging the Rock Hall nominating committee to nominate Zevon, who has been eligible since 1994. Missy Elliott and the White Stripes are being nominated in their first year of eligibility.
“This remarkable list of Nominees reflects the diverse artists and music that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honors and celebrates,” John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said in a statement. “These artists have created their own sounds that have impacted generations and influenced countless others that have followed in their footsteps.”
This year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees will be announced in May, with the induction ceremony set to take place in the fall.