The list of artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2023 has been revealed, and it includes Chaka Khan, Willie Nelson, The Spinners, DJ Kool Herc, Don Cornelius, and Missy Elliott.
John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, stated in a press release, “This year’s incredible group of Inductees reflects the diverse artists and sounds that define rock & roll. 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.”
This comes after Missy, a four-time Grammy winner, was the first female rapper and third rapper ever to be honored with a MTV Video Vanguard Award in 2019. The same year, Missy became the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Chaka Khan was nominated seven times prior to making her way into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the 10-time Grammy winner will be honored in the “Music Excellence” category. Additionally, hip-hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc will be honored with the Musical Influence award.