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Jay-Z and The Go-Go's are among the list of music legends to be inducted into the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (RRHF) announced the New York-born hip-hop icon will be among the list of nominees to be inducted at the 2021 ceremony on October 30 in Cleveland, Ohio, reported Billboard.
He will join rock veterans The Go-Go's, Foo Fighters, singer-songwriter Carole King, Todd Rundgren and Queen of Rock n' Roll Tina Turner.
Turner, King and Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl are already in the Rock Hall of Fame -- King is the first person in the Rock Hall as a performer and non-performer.
Turner was previously recognized as part of R&B duo Ike & Tina Turner; and Grohl with grunge icons Nirvana.
The RRHF was criticized for not inducting The Go-Go's into the Hall sooner. The group made history in 1982 when they topped the Billboard album chart as the first all-female band that wrote their own material and played their own instruments.
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Go-Go's members (L-R) Charlotte Caffey, Abby Travis, Gina Schock, Jane Wiedlin, and Belinda Carlisle are pictured at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will also induct rap legend LL Cool J, singer/songwriter Billy Preston, and Randy Rhoads. Electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, spoken-word poet Gil Scott-Heron and bluesman Charley Patton are joining the RRHOF under the early influence award category.
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Music executive and film producer Clarence Avant, 90, aka "The Black Godfather", is the recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun award. He is pictured with Jay Z (left) and Sean Combs.
The ceremony will take place October 30 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, with a radio simulcast on SiriusXM's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame radio channel. It will broadcast on HBO and stream on HBO Max at a later date.
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Legendary rocker Eddie Van Halen -- known for his memorable guitar solo on Michael Jackson's "Beat It" -- has died.
The legendary guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen passed away on Tuesday after a long battle with stage 4 throat cancer.
Sources directly connected to the rock star tell TMZ, Van Halen died at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday. His wife, Janie was by his side, along with his son Wolfgang Van Halen and brother Alex Van Halen.
Eddie died soon after doctors discovered his throat cancer had metastasized to his brain as well as other organs.
Eddie had been battling cancer for well over a decade. Though he was a heavy smoker for years, Eddie believed he developed the throat cancer from his habit of holding a metal guitar pick in his mouth 20 years ago, TMZ reported.
Eddie formed the classic rock group in Pasadena in 1972 with his brother, Alex, on drums, Michael Anthony on bass and lead singer David Lee Roth. Eddie served as the main songwriter on their self-titled debut album in 1978, which launched the group into rock superstardom in the '80s.
The group Van Halen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, and Eddie is widely considered one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time.
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Eddie's electrifying guitar solo on Michael Jackson's 5x platinum single "Beat It" helped propel the Thriller album into the stratosphere.
Eddie was uncredited on "Beat It" and he declined to accept payment for his contribution to music history.
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Eddie is survived by his wife Janie and his son, Wolfgang, whose mom is Eddie's first wife, actress Valerie Bertinelli. Eddie and Valerie divorced in 2007 after 26 years of marriage.
In her autobiography, Valerie suggested the main reasons for her divorce were her husband's cocaine addiction and his refusal to quit smoking despite being diagnosed with oral cancer and losing one-third of his tongue after chemotherapy.
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Whitney Houston and Notorious B.I.G. were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame posthumously. The late icons will join rock legends Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, T. Rex and The Doobie Brothers.
Whitney, who died in 2012 at age 48, is among four artists inducted after being added to the ballot for the first time. The Doobie Brothers, Biggie and T-Rex are the others.
Whitney remains one of the best-selling artists of all time, selling 200 million albums worldwide.
Biggie, real name Christopher Wallace, is best known for his rap hits "Juicy" and "Big Poppa." His posthumous album Life After Death, featuring hits like "Mo Money Mo Problems" and "Hypnotize," is one of the few rap albums to be certified Diamond by the RIAA.
B.I.G. became the first rap artist to earn multiple No. 1 singles after his death.
He was gunned down at the peak of his career in 1997 at age 24. His murder remains unsolved.
Rap mogul Tip "T.I." Harris responded in typical T.I. fashion when his followers disrespected his Tupac Shakur tribute on Instagram.com.
Lesane Parish Crooks, aka Tupac Shakur, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, April 7.
T.I., 36, was among a handful of celebs paying homage to the late rap icon who was shot to death in 1996 at age 25.
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Chuck Berry, one of the pioneers of rock & roll music, has passed away at age 90. Berry was pronounced dead on Saturday after EMS responded to a medical emergency at his St. Charles County, Missouri home.
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A NY Times writer is on the hot seat for questioning singer Beyonce's status as a fashion Icon. Writer Vanessa Friedman questioned why the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland included 7 of Beyonce's tour costumes in an exhibit in the Legends of Rock section. Friedman notes that Beyonce is not a legend of rock music, nor is she a fashion icon.
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