Fela In The Lead For Induction Into The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame

On February 10, 2021, Nigerian Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti amongst other American stars like Jay Z and Mary J. Blige, has been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2021.

Nigerian celebrities and other Nigerians have started campaigning for Fela to be inducted on the same day. The number of inductees varies; the highest number of inductees yet came in 2019 – which saw seven new inductees.





Burna Boy, Don Jazzy, Mr. Macaroni, Banky W, Femi Kuti, and more were some of the Nigerian celebrities who clamored for Nigerians to vote for Fela.  Fela has gone from the bottom of the list to the top of the pile in a little over 20 hours. As at 2:30 pm on February 21, 2021, Fela held a 10,000-vote lead.

Voting closes on April 30, 2021, and the inductees will be announced in May 2021.

An artist becomes eligible for nomination into the hall of fame after 25 years of the release of their bodies of work. Fela’s first body of work was released over 40 years ago. Kate Bush, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, New York Dolls, Dionne Warwick, and more.

If Fela gets the nod, he will be the first Nigerian artist in the Rock and Roll hall of fame. If Jay Z gets it, he will follow Hip-Hop icons like 2Pac, B.I.G, Grandmaster Flash, and The Furious 5 and Run DMC in the esteemed company.


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