Afrobeat star Fela Kuti joins Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, others on nominees list for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Kuti has been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2021.

The legendary Nigerian musician made this year’s list of nominees more than two decades after his passing.

Fela was nominated alongside 15 other artists including rappers Jay-Z and LL Cool J. R&B stars Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan and Dionne Warwick.


Greg Harris, President and CEO of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame unveiled the list of nominees Wednesday.


Also shortlisted were rock stars Rage Against the Machine and Foo Fighters, as well as veteran female singers Kate Bush, Carole King and Tina Turner in a gender inclusive list.

The inductees will be announced in May after a public vote, which closes April 30.

“We’ll announce our new Inductees in May,” Harris said. “They’ll be honored at the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony right here in Cleveland, Ohio this fall,” he added

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