Cher, Mariah Carey, Sinead O’Connor, Oasis and Sade are among the first-time nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2024 class, which was revealed Saturday.
Other new names on the lounge’s short list include Foreigner, Peter Frampton, Kool & the Gang and Lenny Kravitz. Also on the list are Dave Matthews Band, Mary J. Blige, Jane’s Addiction, A Tribe Called Quest and Eric B. & Rakim, each of whom have been nominated at least once before. Ozzy Osbourne, who is already part of the pantheon as a member of Black Sabbath, has been approved as a solo artist for the first time.
“This remarkable list of nominees reflects the diversity of artists and music that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honors and celebrates,” John Sykes, president of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said in a statement. “Continuing in the true spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, these artists have created their own sounds that have impacted generations and influenced many others who have followed in their footsteps.”
The 15 artists named are the first group of nominees since the abrupt departure last year of Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone editor and Rock Hall co-founder, who had long had a powerful influence over the awards process.
In September, Wenner was ousted from the salon’s board of directors just one day after the publication of an interview in The New York Times in which he justified the subjects of his interview collection “The Masters” – all of whom were white and male. with comments that were widely condemned as racist and misogynistic. Female artists like Joni Mitchell, he said, were not “rock philosophers,” and black artists like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye “just weren’t articulate on that level.”
It’s also been just over a year since Jon LandauThe former Rolling Stone critic turned producer and manager of Bruce Springsteen has resigned from his former position as chairman of the hall’s deliberately secretive nominating committee.
But this year’s selections largely continue a pattern that’s been in place at the house for much of the last decade: a mix of big-name pop stars, Gen X and classic rock icons, and a handful of artists of hip-hop and R&B. . After years of complaints about a shortage of women, some of the most powerful celebrities come from female artists like Cher and Carey. It also includes a posthumous nomination for O’Connor, the uncompromising Irish singer-songwriter who died in July at the age of 56.
Not only is this Cher’s first nomination, but Sonny & Cher, the duo that first made her a star in the 1960s, have also never been nominated.
For fans of ’90s Brit pop and the fireworks of sibling drama, Oasis’ nomination offers the possibility of a reunion of that band’s Liam and Noel Gallagher, the Mancunian brothers whose fierce public feuds were once publicized like a 14 minute recordingand has never completely calmed down.
New inductees will be announced in April, and the 39th annual induction ceremony is scheduled for this fall in Cleveland, home of the Rock Hall museum. Nominations are voted on by more than 1,000 music historians, industry professionals and inducted artists. Artists are eligible for nomination 25 years after the release of their first recording.