Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Induct George Michael, Sheryl Crow, Kate Bush, Rage Against the Machine into Class of 2023
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame unveiled its class of 2023 today (May 3), welcoming Rage Against the Machine, Sheryl Crow, George Michael, Kate Bush, Willie Nelson, The Spinners and more in a ceremony Nov. 3 in Brooklyn.
“I have to admit I’m completely shocked at the news of being inducted into the Hall of Fame! It’s something I just never thought would happen,” wrote Bush, who had a huge resurgence in 2022 when the series, Stranger Things, used her song “Running Up That Hill,” on the show.
“Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me. It means a great deal that you would think of me. It’s such a huge honor,” she continued. “Now, as part of the initiation ceremony, I get to find out about the secret handshake… there is one, right?”
Additionally, the Rock Hall will honor hip-hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc and guitar legend Link Wray with the Musical Influence Award; Chaka Khan, Elton John‘s songwriting partner Bernie Taupin and founding Blood, Sweat & Tears member Al Kooper with the Musical Excellence Award; and Soul Train creator and host Don Cornelius with the industry Ahmet Ertegun Award.
“This year’s incredible group of Inductees reflects the diverse artists and sounds that define rock & roll,” says John Sykes, chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “We are honored that this November’s Induction Ceremony in New York will coincide with two milestones in music culture; the 90th birthday of Willie Nelson and the 50th Anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop.”
Snubbed artists include: The White Stripes, Soundgarden, Iron Maiden, Warren Zevon, Joy Division and New Order, Cyndi Lauper and A Tribe Called Quest.
The ceremony will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and will return to Cleveland in 2024.