Steve Miller and Chicago are the other inductees, but Janet Jackson, The Smiths and Chic miss out.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for the class of 2016, with N.W.A., CHEAP TRICK, Deep Purple, Steve Miller and Chicago being honoured at the ceremony on April 8th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Following the significant box office success of the biopic movie Straight Outta Compton back in the summer, the pioneering hip-hop group N.W.A. has been recognised with an induction on the first year of its eligibility. To be considered, 25 years must have elapsed from the artist’s first official release.
N.W.A. is the fifth hip-hop act to be recognised by the Hall of Fame, after Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC, Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys.
Former N.W.A. rapper Ice Cube at the premiere of 'Straight Outta Compton' in 2015
Among those that did not make the cut were Chic, who were rejected for a record 10th time despite being nominated virtually every other year since their eligibility, plus alternative rock icons The Smiths and Nine Inch Nails, as well as Janet Jackson, whose nomination was so popular that it garnered its own Facebook support page.
The secretive selection process underwent something of an overhaul earlier this year, with the Hall of Fame changing the membership of its voting panel in an attempt to appeal to younger fans and more women.
Nevertheless, four of the five spots have gone to ‘70s and ‘80s rock mainstays, which is bound to rankle with some critics, but these popular but sometimes overlooked acts have for some time been considered as ‘holes’ in the Hall of Fame that deserved to be filled. Cutting the nominating committee by more than a half may have created freer discussions, according to the Hall of Fame’s CEO Joel Peresman.
“Before, when we had more than 40 people on the committee, there was just so little time for more than just going around the room and giving your list," he said to Billboard.
“This year, there was more free-form discussion where people could truly be advocates and ask more and better questions. [The committee] could dig a little deeper into the importance and the impact of these bands and discuss them in greater depth and make more of a case that maybe helped get them on the ballot.”
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