Nina Simone is set to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, to be joined by Bon Jovi, British bands Dire Straits and the Moody Blues, and The Cars. Gospel pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe was chosen to receive the Award for Early Influence.
The HOF released this statement regarding Simone’s importance and influence:
“NINA SIMONE’S UNAPOLOGETIC RAGE AND ACCUSATORY VOICE NAMED NAMES AND TOOK NO PRISONERS IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY IN THE EARLY 1960S. Her triumphant voice sang what it meant to be young, gifted and black in a sometimes unjust and troubled world.”
Simone has been eligible since 1986, but this marks the first year she was nominated. The full list of nominees included Kate Bush, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Depeche Mode, LL Cool J, MC5, the Zombies, the Meters, the Cars, Link Wray, Rufus with Chaka Khan and J. Geils Band.