Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2023, Including Willie Nelson, Missy Elliott, and More!
May 3, 2023
Willie Nelson has been announced as one of the inductees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2023. The legendary country musician will be honored in the Performer Category, which includes artists who have created music whose originality, impact, and influence have changed the course of rock & roll.
This marks Nelson’s first nomination for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He is known for hits such as “On the Road Again,” “Always on My Mind,” and “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.” Throughout his career, Nelson has blended genres such as country, rock, and blues to create a unique sound that has left a lasting impact on the music industry.
Willie Nelson is not the first country artist to be inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Dolly Parton, a country music icon known for hits like “Jolene” and “9 to 5,” was inducted in 2022 after being nominated several times before. In fact, Parton initially declined the nomination in 2019, saying that she didn’t feel comfortable being inducted into a hall of fame that primarily honored rock and roll artists. However, she ultimately accepted the honor the following year and was inducted into the hall of fame by Katy Perry in a virtual ceremony.
The 38th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on November 3rd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Other inductees in the Performer Category include Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, George Michael, Rage Against the Machine, and The Spinners.
Musical Influence Award honorees are DJ Kool Herc and Link Wray, while the Musical Excellence Award will be given to Chaka Khan, Al Kooper, and Bernie Taupin. The Ahmet Ertegun Award, which is given to non-performing industry professionals who have had a major influence on the creative development and growth of rock & roll and music that has impacted youth culture, will be given posthumously to Don Cornelius, the creator, producer, and host of “Soul Train.”
Tickets for the event will go on sale at a later date. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2023 is sure to be a night to remember, honoring some of the most influential and iconic musicians of all time, including the legendary Willie Nelson.