Rage Against the Machine, Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden nominated for inclusion in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

[L-R] Tom Morello, Dave Grohl and Adrian Smith
(Image credit: Ollie Millington/Kevin Winter/Steve Thorne/Getty Images)

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2021 nominations have been announced. The list includes guitar heavyweights Rage Against The Machine, Foo Fighters and Iron Maiden, as well as names traditionally outside the rock sphere, like Tina Turner and Jay-Z.

The full 2021 shortlist is: Mary J Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go's, Iron Maiden, Jay-Z, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against The Machine, Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner and Dionne Warwick.

Receiving their first-ever nominations are: Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden, Jay-Z, The Go-Go's, Fela Kuti and Dionne Warwick, though if Foo Fighters are inducted, it will mark the second time Dave Grohl has joined the hall, after previously entering in 2014 with Nirvana.

Similarly, Tina Turner was inducted alongside Ike Turner in 1991, and Carole King was inducted alongside Gerry Coffin in 1990.

The inductees are decided via the Hall of Fame's voting body – which is made up of over 1,000 artists, historians, and music industry members – as well as fan votes submitted to the Hall's website.

Last year's ceremony was originally slated to be held on May 2, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It eventually took place virtually on November 7, with Slash, Kirk Hammett and Tom Morello paying tribute to late guitar icon Eddie Van Halen.

The ceremony is to take place in-person later this year at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information, head over to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's website.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.