The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame seems to be keen on immortalizing the creator of Afrobeat, as he’s included on this years list of nominees.
“24 years since his passing, we’re so happy to see our Father recognised in this way,” Fela’s children write to OkayAfrica, via his longtime manager Rikki Stein. “Hoping that his fans around the world will vote for him, multiple times!”
Other popular names on 2021’s ballot include US queens of R&B Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan (her 7th time being nominated!), Dionne Warwick, rap geniuses Jay-Z, LL Cool J (his 6th nomination), rock superstars Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine and legends Tina Turner and Carole King.
2020’s virtual ceremony saw the Notorious B.I.G. and Whitney Houston inducted posthumously. While rock bands Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, T.Rex and the Doobie Brothers were awarded top honors too.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (RRHOF) is a museum and hall of fame located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States, on the shore of Lake Erie. The museum documents the history of rock music and the artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have influenced its development.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established on April 20, 1983, by Ahmet Ertegun, founder and chairman of Atlantic Records. After a long search for the right city, Cleveland was chosen in 1986 as the Hall of Fame’s permanent home. Architect I. M. Pei designed the new museum, and it was dedicated on September 1, 1995.
If you’re a fan and an active voter, votes can be casted at RockHall.com. While fan votes add to the final count, they don’t guarantee entry.