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NWA and Deep Purple among 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees as Chic and the Smiths are snubbed

Sasha Brady

Published 17/12/2015 | 11:17

Pioneering hip hop group N.W.A. are among the inductees of 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Pioneering hip hop group N.W.A. are among the inductees of 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been announced, and legendary hard rock band Deep Purple have made the cut, along with fellow veteran rock acts Cheap Trick, Chicago and Steve Miller, plus hip-hop pioneers N.W.A.

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Longlist nominees Janet Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths, the Cars, Chaka Khan, Chic, the JB's, Los Lobos, the Spinners, and Yes didn't make the cut this year.

Speaking to Rolling Stone about N.W.A.'s induction, Ice Cube said: "It's hard to sum up exactly what it means. It means a lot of things. It means that the group's mark is kind of solidified.

"It's all legitimised in a way because the whole music industry has to honor the group in a way... It's everything that kind of eluded us in a lot of ways when we were coming up.

"So many people were opinionated about N.W.A. I think everyone now at this point, no matter how you feel about us, understands what the group actually did and what it means to modern music."

The gangsta-rap group is only the fifth hip-hop act to join the Rock Hall, after Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy.

Members of the band Deep Purple (from the left) Rod Evans, Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, Nicky Simper and Ian Paice. Photo: PA
Members of the band Deep Purple (from the left) Rod Evans, Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, Nicky Simper and Ian Paice. Photo: PA

Their hit biopic, Straight Outta Compton, which has grossed over US$161 million (€148 million) at the box office is considered a contender in the film awards season.

The induction has been a long time coming for Deep Purple, who’ve been eligible for more than 20 years but have been ignored by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voters.

Cheap Trick also have been waiting a long while to get inducted, having been eligible for several years.

1970's rock legend Steve Miller claims he was caught by surprise by the news that he'll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2016.

He told Billboard magazine: "I'm stunned by the news and baffled at how it works and had given up thinking about it, so it was a very pleasant surprise," Miller, who's getting into the Rock Hall after his first time on the ballot.

"t was a surprise, but I'm glad they took their time with it and got it right."

Steve Miller performs onstage during The 7th Annual Little Kids Rock Benefit at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on October 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Little Kids Rock)
Steve Miller performs onstage during The 7th Annual Little Kids Rock Benefit at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on October 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Little Kids Rock)

Lou Reed, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band were inducted in 2014. 

The induction ceremony will take place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on April 8 and the event will air on HBO in spring.

In order to be eligible for induction, artists need to have released their first single or album 25 years ago (no later than 1990).

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