Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021 Nominees Celebrate Women, Snub Pat Benatar

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This year's nominations for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame just dropped and it's full of legendary women.
In a list that includes powerhouse females such as Mary J. Blige, Tina Turner, the Go-Go’s, Kate Bush, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Dionne Warwick, and more, the 2021 nominees make up the most racially diverse ballot that the Hall of Fame has seen since 1996: Nine of the 16 nominees feature people of color.

"This remarkable ballot reflects the diversity and depth of the artists and music the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates,” said Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Chairman John Sykes in a statement. “These nominees have left an indelible impact on the sonic landscape of the world and influenced countless artists that have followed them.”
Eligibility for a nomination this year, as always, is determined by whether or not the nominee's first single or album was released 25 years ago or earlier — so, in this case, 1995 or earlier. A "voter pool of more than 1,000 artists, historians, journalists, and members of the music industry will select the new class," as per Rolling Stone. As of Wednesday, fans can also partake in voting at Their selections count as a single "fan ballot," which will get tabulated alongside the aforementioned voter pool. Those with the top votes will be announced in May and inducted in a ceremony in the fall.

Tina, Dionne, Mary, and More!

The names represented on the ballot are some of the most dynamic women in rock history. Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick, Carole King, and Chaka Khan are legendary figures, who have inspired Hollywood films, Broadway musicals, and pop culture reference points, and "Tina Turner" trended on social media, in celebration of her achievement.
Notably, many fans also took to social media on Wednesday to point out an omission: rock icon Pat Benatar was snubbed from the list of nominees, and she quickly trended on Twitter.
"Where is Pat Benatar? Why is she not on the list this year?" tweeted Jennifer Palmieri, co-host of The Circus on Showtime.
"Notice that Pat Benatar wasn’t on the ballot, which is beyond crazy. She’s still not in," tweeted Forbes contributor Maury Brown.
The "Love Is a Battlefield" singer has been in the limelight since the 1970s and has long been a topic of discussion when it comes to her being inducted into the Hall of Fame. After her nomination in 2020, Billboard penned a piece explaining "Why Pioneer Pat Benatar Deserves Her Shot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame."
"She’s been eligible to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for 15 years, and yet she achieved her first-ever nod," wrote the publication at the time. "She declined to release a statement on Tuesday thanking the Hall for the honor and she doesn’t need to. But I say the timing is perfect. Really. You appreciate recognition more when it doesn’t come easily. And little has come easy for Patricia Mae Andrzejewski [Benatar's real name]. That is, except for her vocal talent and her verve. Yup, she belongs."

The Hall of Fame has not publicly responded to the Benatar chatter, but perhaps will take it into account ahead of 2022's nominations. And meanwhile, let's not lose sight of the fact that some of music's most breathtaking performers could be on their way into the Hall, pending the upcoming vote.

Tags: Pop Culture, Gender Equality, Career, Career

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Rose Low is a writer based in New York, with a background in social media strategy and reporting. She has a Masters from NYU and a love for romantic comedies. See Full Bio

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