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Henry Adaso

Public Enemy Named to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

By December 11, 2012

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has unveiled the 2013 inductees: Randy Newman, Donna Summer, Rush, Heart, Albert King, and Public Enemy. P.E. joins previous hip-hop members Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five and Run-DMC.

The class of '13 will include two posthumous inductees -- Summer, who died this May, and King, who passed away in 1992. Quincy Jones and Lou Adler are up for the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.


December 11, 2012 at 9:17 pm
(1) tas says:

Well so much for the “Rock and Roll” Hall of Fame!!!! two of the inducted were rockers, the rest, well they just belong in there musics “Hall of Fame”. Oh that’s right, hip hop doesn’t have one because nobody really cares that much to do so and nobody who was early hip hop has enough $ saved up to make it happen. They blew there money just like foobtall and basketball players do. Are they just letting them in so they can have a little flavor “in the house”. So they qualify in hall of fame? They only became known in 1987 and put an album out last year. WTF. Rock and Roll hall of fame is a sell out. Wouldn’t want to leave anyone out or offend anyone.

December 11, 2012 at 9:33 pm
(2) Trioxin5 says:

Rock and Roll is about so much more than a bunch of white dudes playing guitars and singing falsetto. Its an attitude and Public Enemy was as much Rock n Roll as Zepplin.Their collaboration with Anthrax on Bring The Noise gets them to Cleveland by itself.

December 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm
(3) Kobesog94 says:

No, rock and roll is not about an attitude. There are rock songs that have the same attitude as rap songs, but that certainly doesn’t make the rap rock, or vice versa. Inducting bands like public enemy is a slap in the face to influential rock and roll bands who haven’t been inducted like Yes, King Crimson, and Kiss. It’s embarrassing when there are bands like NWA are inducted before Rush. Rock bands don’t want to be in it anymore because it’s now a joke.

December 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm
(4) Paige Jackson says:

Music has evolved into more than its genre and that’s how it should be. The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame has branched out, to honor artists and their musical achievements! Hats off to you R.R.H.F.

December 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm
(5) Ezradams says:

Moody Blues, dissed again.

December 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm
(6) Pat says:

Why even have rock and roll in the title if your going to recognize Hip-Hop acts before you even consider some of the Genre’s greatest contributors? If there ever was a Rap and R&B HoF. I doubt you’d ever find bands like Van Halen or Led Zeppelin in there just cause they were influential.

December 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm
(7) Kris says:

Interesting comments/ideas/discussion. Not sure how I feel about whether or not hip-hop acts should be inducted into the “Rock and Roll” hall of fame, but mostly I just don’t care. Someone said that people don’t even want to be in it anymore, well I’m surprised they ever cared in the first place. It’s completely unimportant. I’m pretty sure Rush isn’t sitting around doubting their accomplishments because they haven’t been inducted into the HOF…

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