Fela Not Inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame After Being Second Most Voted

After months of voting, the inductees for the Rock & Roll “Hall of Fame” have been announced, inducting famous legendary stars like Tina Turner, Carole King, and many others but no mention of Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

The announcement was made on the 12th of May 2021 by the president and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Gregg Harris, who announced every name except that of Nigerian legendary artiste, late Fela Anikulapo Kuti. In the 2 minutes, 16 seconds announcement video, Gregg Harris did not mention Fela’s name or why he was not inducted into the “Hall of Fame”, even though he was the second most voted artiste after Tina Turner according to the publicly seen ballot.

Read the transcript from the announcement video below;

Hello Rock & Roll fans, I’m honored to be standing inside the Rock & Roll Hall of fame in Cleveland, Ohio to announce our 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees. It’s a diverse group of extremely talented artists, all who’ve had a significant impact on our sonic landscape. Thank you to our voting body, and to all of you who participated in the fan vote. And now, here is the 2021 class of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees. In the performance’s category, Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Go’s, Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Todd Rundgren. In addition, we are honored to induct the following in this special category; Clarence Avant as our Ahmet Ertegun Awardee, KRAFTWERK Charley Patton, and Gil Scott-Heron for Early Influence. LL Cool J, Billy Preston, and Randy Rhoads for musical excellence. Congratulations to our newest inductees and welcome to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. We’re excited to celebrate with you on October 30th right here in Cleveland… Congratulations to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2021″

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The induction ceremony, as announced by Gregg Harris, will take place on the 30th of October 2021.


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