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Old 03-13-2008, 01:33 AM
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Default Re: Madonna in R&R hall of fame before rock icons??

I have been looking to see what their entry requirements are since to me ROCK AND ROLL should not include Hip Hop and Rap, but I don't know their requirements.

From their website. Along with Madonna was Leonard Cohen?? Long time rocker I guess.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors the legendary performers, producers, songwriters, disc jockeys and others who have made rock and roll the force that it is in our culture. For over two decades, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation has been nominating and electing those figures, and honoring them at an annual ceremony that has become one of the most celebrated events of the year, and certainly one of the hottest tickets in rock.

In sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious speeches, artists toast their peers and forebears in rock, followed by rollicking, once-in-a-lifetime performances that make history as much as pay tribute to it. Ceremonies have featured many unforgettable moments: like when Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, members of the Beach Boys and Bruce Springsteen, among others, shared the same stage, or when Santana performed “Black Magic Woman” with ex-Fleetwood Mac member Peter Green, the song’s composer and original performer.

Once inducted, the artists are further honored when they are featured in the Museum’s Hall of Fame exhibit, which includes a computerized “jukebox” containing virtually every song of every performer inductee; etched-glass signatures of the inductees; a film on three huge screens recounting their careers and music; and a display of artifacts from the current year’s inductees.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The main criticism is that the nomination process is controlled by a few individuals, such as founder Jann Wenner, former foundation director Suzan Evans, and writer Dave Marsh, reflecting their tastes rather than the views of the rock world as a whole. A former member of the nominations board once said:

At one point Suzan Evans lamented the choices being made because there weren't enough big names that would sell tickets to the dinner. That was quickly remedied by dropping one of the doo-wop groups being considered in favor of a 'name' artist ... I saw how certain pioneering artists of the 50s and early 60s were shunned because there needed to be more name power on the list, resulting in 70s superstars getting in before the people who made it possible for them. Some of those pioneers still aren't in today — but Queen is.[5]

Petitions with tens of thousands of signatures were also being ignored and some groups that were signed with certain labels or companies or were affiliated with various committee members have even been put up for nomination with no discussion at all.[5]

Another criticism is that too many artists are inducted, allowing for several lesser acts to make it in. In fifteen years, 97 different artists have been inducted. A minimum of 50% of the vote is needed to be inducted, although the final percentages are not announced and a certain number of inductees (5 in 2007) is set before the ballots are shipped.[6] The committee usually nominates a small number of artists (9 in 2007) and they are coming from an increasing number of different genres. Several voters, including Joel Selvin, who himself is a former member of the nominating committee, didn't submit their ballots in 2007, with the reason being that they didn't feel any of the candidates were truly worthy.[7]

There are very few progressive rock bands in the hall, with Pink Floyd[8] being the only true progressive rock group inducted. This has been noted by the columnist John Sinkevics, who notes the genre has more fan backing than any other.[8]
Letter sent to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame from the Sex Pistols
Letter sent to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame from the Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols, inducted in 2006, refused to attend the ceremony, calling the museum a "piss stain."
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