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Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame adds LL Cool J, Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, Others to 2023 Induction Ceremony

BY Abena Dzaka October 25, 2023 8:56 PM EDT
Photo Credit: Facebook @LL. Cool J

The next induction ceremony of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation is scheduled for November 3, 2023, in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

A new list of nine new special guests has been added to the roster of attendees, expanding the lineup for the 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

These surprise guests bring even more star power to the previously announced excellent lineup of presenters, performers, and inductees, which include well-known artistes like Common, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Ice-T, H.E.R., New Edition, and Miguel.

This year’s nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony include Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, George Michael, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine, and The Spinners.

They will also be recognized for their contributions to music, along with DJ Kool Herc and Link Wray, Chaka Khan, Al Kooper, Bernie Taupin, and Don Cornelius, for the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

John Sykes, Joel Peresman, and Joel Gallen will serve as executive producers for this year’s production, which will be produced and directed by Joel Gallen and Tenth Planet Productions.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation’s chairman, John Sykes, said in a statement that this year’s amazing class of inductees “reflects the diverse artists and sounds that define rock & roll. We are thrilled that this November’s Induction Ceremony in New York will fall on two key dates in the history of music: Willie Nelson’s 90th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the invention of hip-hop, which is significant for Missy Elliot, one of the inductees. Elliott is this year’s lone rapper to be honored, adding to her impressive list of achievements.”

Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, the four-time Grammy winner ruled the airwaves and produced platinum-selling albums such as Supa Dupa Fly, This Is Not A Test, Da Real World, Miss E… So Addictive, The Cookbook, and the double multi-platinum album Under Construction.

The 51-year-old created “history” as the first female rapper and third rapper in history to be admitted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in addition to her extensive list of certified platinum albums, singles, and features. She has two honorary doctorates in addition. The innovative musician Née Melissa Arnette Elliott will be recognized for her decades of work in hip-hop and other genres through her composition, production, and unique graphics.

Friday, November 3, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will be the eighth annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. At 8 p.m. ET, Disney+ will stream live coverage of the ceremony. Apple Music 1 will also broadcast audio from the ceremony live.