Your 2024 Nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame stands as a beacon of musical excellence, honoring the most influential artists, bands, and industry figures who have left an indelible mark on the world of rock and roll and its various subgenres. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, the Rock Hall celebrates the rich history and cultural significance of rock and roll, preserving its legacy for future generations through exhibitions, performances, and educational programs.

Since its inception in 1983, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has inducted a diverse array of musicians, songwriters, producers, and other luminaries who have shaped the landscape of popular music. This year’s class of nominees are nothing short of brilliant; from classic rockers of the 70s to the Queen of Christmas herself. It will be a tough selection to decide which of these incredible artists has earned a spot in Rock & Roll history.

Mary J. Blige: Renowned as the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul,” Mary J. Blige has left an indelible mark on the music industry with her powerful vocals, emotional honesty, and groundbreaking blend of R&B, hip-hop, and soul. With iconic albums like “What’s the 411?” and “My Life,” Blige has garnered critical acclaim and commercial success, earning numerous accolades including nine Grammy Awards and induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.

Mariah Carey: As one of the best-selling music artists of all-time and affectionately called the “Queen of Christmas” for her Christmas hits, Mariah Carey has redefined the parameters of pop music with her five-octave vocal range, chart-topping hits, and unparalleled songwriting prowess. From her debut album to her record-breaking singles like “We Belong Together” and “Hero,” Carey has solidified her status as a cultural icon and musical trailblazer, earning five Grammy Awards, 19 World Music Awards, and induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2020.

Cher: With a career spanning six decades, Cher has transcended genres and generations to become one of the most iconic figures in music history. From her early days as part of the duo Sonny & Cher to her solo success with hits like “Believe” and “If I Could Turn Back Time,” Cher has captivated audiences with her distinctive voice, fearless style, and boundary-pushing creativity, earning her numerous awards including an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Dave Matthews Band: Known for their eclectic sound blending rock, jazz, folk, and world music influences, Dave Matthews Band has become one of the most beloved and enduring acts in contemporary rock. With a string of hit albums and singles like “Crash Into Me” and “Ants Marching,” the band has cultivated a devoted fanbase and earned critical acclaim for their virtuosic musicianship and dynamic live performances, cementing their status as one of the defining acts of the 1990s alternative rock scene.

Eric B. & Rakim: Revered as pioneers of East Coast hip-hop, Eric B. & Rakim revolutionized the genre with their innovative production techniques, intricate lyricism, and smooth delivery. With seminal albums like “Paid in Full” and “Follow the Leader,” the duo set the standard for hip-hop excellence, influencing generations of artists and earning a reputation as one of the greatest rap duos of all-time.

Foreigner: With their catchy hooks, anthemic choruses, and arena-rock sound, Foreigner has solidified their status as one of the most successful and enduring rock bands to ever grace a stage. With classic hits like “I Want to Know What Love Is” and “Hot Blooded,” the band has sold over 80 million records worldwide, earning induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013 and maintaining a dedicated fanbase that continues to pack stadiums around the globe.

Peter Frampton: Renowned for his virtuosic guitar skills and electrifying live performances, Peter Frampton has left a lasting mark on the world of rock music with his iconic sound and timeless hits. From his breakthrough album “Frampton Comes Alive!” to his enduring classics like “Baby, I Love Your Way” and “Do You Feel Like We Do,” Frampton has earned critical acclaim and commercial success, solidifying his status as a rock legend and earning induction into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2014.

Jane’s Addiction: As pioneers of alternative rock, Jane’s Addiction has pushed the boundaries of music with their experimental sound, provocative lyrics, and dynamic stage presence. With influential albums like “Ritual de lo Habitual” and “Nothing’s Shocking,” the band has inspired countless artists and earned a dedicated following for their genre-defying approach to rock music.

Kool & the Gang: With their infectious grooves, catchy melodies, and dynamic horn section, Kool & the Gang has become synonymous with funk and R&B excellence. From their early hits like “Jungle Boogie” and “Get Down On It” to their chart-topping anthem “Celebration,” the band has dominated the airwaves and dance floors for over five decades, earning induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.

Lenny Kravitz: With his soulful voice, eclectic musical style, and magnetic stage presence, Lenny Kravitz has become one of the most iconic and influential artists of his generation. From his breakthrough album “Let Love Rule” to his chart-topping hits like “Fly Away” and “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” Kravitz has earned critical acclaim and commercial success — garnering multiple Grammy Awards over the years.

Oasis: As pioneers of Britpop, Oasis revolutionized the music scene in the 1990s with their anthemic songs, brash attitude, and sibling rivalry. With classic albums like “Definitely Maybe” and “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?,” the band became global superstars, selling millions of records and inspiring a generation of fans with their iconic sound and swagger.

Sinéad O’Connor: Known for her haunting vocals, raw emotion, and fearless activism, Sinéad O’Connor has become one of the most influential and controversial figures in music history. From her breakthrough album “The Lion and the Cobra” to her iconic cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” O’Connor has pushed the boundaries of art and expression, earning critical acclaim and sparking important conversations about mental health, feminism, and social justice.

Ozzy Osbourne: Dubbed the “Prince of Darkness,” Ozzy Osbourne has redefined the parameters of heavy metal with his distinctive voice, electrifying stage presence, and larger-than-life persona. From his pioneering work with Black Sabbath to his successful solo career, Osbourne dominated the world of rock music, earning multiple Grammy Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

Sade: With her sultry vocals, smooth melodies, and sophisticated style, Sade has become synonymous with the genre of smooth jazz and soul. From her debut album “Diamond Life” to her timeless hits like “Smooth Operator” and “No Ordinary Love,” Sade has captivated audiences with her timeless sound and timeless elegance, earning numerous awards including four Grammy Awards and induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2002.

A Tribe Called Quest: As pioneers of alternative hip-hop, A Tribe Called Quest impacted the music industry with their innovative production techniques, socially conscious lyrics, and eclectic musical style. From their groundbreaking debut album “People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm” to their seminal hits like “Can I Kick It?” and “Scenario,” the group has influenced generations of artists and earned a reputation as one of the greatest rap groups of all-time.