Jay-Z, LL Cool J and Tina Turner among 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees • EBONY
Jay-Z, LL Cool J, and Tina Turner were among the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees on Saturday, NPR reported. Other inductees include Gil Scott-Heron, Billy Preston, Clarence Avant, Carole King Todd Rundgren and others.
Former President Barack Obama congratulated JAY-Z via video conference.
“I’ve looked to Jay-Z’s lyrics at different times in my life, whether I’m getting rid of the dirt off my shoulder during the election campaign or sampling his lyrics on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Selma’s march to Montgomery, ”according to images of Obama’s speech posted on social media. “Today Jay-Z is one of the most renowned artists in history and an embodiment of the American dream. A dream he helped make for other young people like him.
“So let me be one of the first to welcome Home Kid Marcy… as an official member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer,” he continued.
Dave Chappelle, who was embroiled in controversy after being accused of transphobia in his latest Netflix special, also gave a speech in honor of Jay-Z.
“I am honored to have had the chance to know you,” said Chappelle, according to a published transcript. through Rolling stone. “You embody black excellence; how great we can be.
In his 10-minute acceptance speech, Jay-Z mentioned Rakim, Public Enemy, and Big Daddy Kane as some of his influences.
“[We] I was told that hip-hop is a fad, “Jay-Z noted in his acceptance speech. “Just like punk rock, it gave us this anti-culture, this sub-genre. And there were heroes in it.
In a rare Tweeter, Jay-Z expressed his gratitude after his induction.
“Thanks to everyone in this video package. I will definitely cry in the car,” he tweeted.
LL Cool J, who received the Musical Excellence Award from Dr Dre, performed a medley of some of his greatest hits and was joined on stage by Eminem and Jennifer Lopez. Eminem performed the song “Rock the Bells” by LL Cool J and Lopez took the stage to perform their duet on their # 1 single “All I Have”.
Angela Bassett, who gave an Oscar nominated performance in What must love do delivered a speech in honor of Tina Turner, who was not in attendance, Cleveland.com reports.
“What brings us here tonight is Tina’s journey to independence,” Bassett said. “People still tell me regularly how much Tina meant to them. I know exactly what they mean because she meant so much to me. I too am one of those people blessed by Tina’s gift of inspiration.
In a pre-recorded message, Turner, who has health concerns, accepted the honor.
“I must have done something right,” she said. “I am very happy to have this and to have achieved that. It’s good. Thank you.”
The 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame airs on HBO on Saturday, November 20 at 8 p.m. ET.