The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced next year’s inductees, and long-time legends Public Enemy and Donna Summer are among them (it’s about time)!
Public Enemy is only the fourth hip-hop group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were inducted in 2007, Run-D.M.C. made it in in 2009 and the Beastie Boys made it last year. Public Enemy’s Chuck D had this to say about the honor:
“It’s a great piece of news for the genre and our intention was to spread the light that our music is as legitimate as any other music. So this is significant to be alongside Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Run DMC and the Beastie Boys and just to be able to say this accomplishment, we don’t think it’s solely due to us.”
Donna Summer, who passed away in May of this year, will finally be getting inducted posthumously after being nominated 6 times. And, after DECADES in the game, legendary hit-maker Quincy Jones will also be inducted as well (as a non-performer). At 73 years old, Jones was very verbal about feeling like he should have been included a long time ago! He said:
“Well, it’s about time, man. But I promise you I’m not sitting around worrying about it. I was pissed off about it at first because I saw how it was going down and who was going in and who wasn’t. But I’m used to it, man. I’ve been around a long time, and I know how it works, you know. It’s still an honor, man.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theater on April 18th, 2013, and will be aired on HBO May 18th.