Should non-rock artists be added into the Rock Hall of Fame? | The Tylt
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame selected a diverse pool of 2020 inductees. And while many are happy that the Rock Hall is getting more diverse, some critics and rock musicians still argue that pop, R&B and hip-hop artists don't belong in the Rock HOF. They feel these artists should be inducted into the Hall of Fames of their respective genres. Others say rock and roll is diverse, and ultimately, the crossover genre honors the most legendary pop music icons. Hence, many are happy legends like Whitney Houston and Notorious B.I.G. made it in this year. What do you think? 🎸
Should non-rock artists be added into the Rock Hall of Fame?
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has faced many controversies over the years. But one of the most relevant is the HOF's identity crisis. While Gene Simmons has criticized the HOF for inducting pop and hip-hop artists, Ice Cube and others have argued rock and roll is a versatile genre.
Simmons has been vocal about HOF inducting non-rockers in 2016. He hasn't been for it. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame traditionally has been for the rock genre, and some aren't open to pop music icons being included. Simmons cried genre fraud.
Instead, other Hall of Fames for different genres have been introduced, although all aren't as active or annual as the Rock Hall. It's clear that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the most famous and prestigious; it's music's version of the honorary Academy Award.
Ice Cube responded to Simmons' rant back in 2016. He argued that rock and roll is more than the "rock genre." It's music and culture, and many different genres fit into rock and roll's culture and its music history. N.W.A. was the fifth hip-hop act to be inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 2016.
Cube ultimately says:
The question is, 'Are we [N.W.A.] rock 'n' roll?' And I say—you're goddamn right we're rock 'n' roll.
In 2020, pop music legend Whitney Houston and hip-hop legend Notorious B.I.G. both were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, leaving many fans to honor and celebrate the legends.