Iron Maiden, Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden, Willie Nelson, Missy Elliot and more nominated for Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2023

Iron Maiden 2021
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This year's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame nominations have officially been revealed. Amongst the eligible names to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame this year are heavy metal legends Iron Maiden, rap metal innovators Rage Against The Machine, grunge heroes Soundgarden and rock 'n' roll heavyweights The White Stripes.

“This remarkable list of Nominees reflects the diverse artists and music that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honors and celebrates,” said John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “These artists have created their own sounds that have impacted generations and influenced countless others that have followed in their footsteps.”

The induction ceremony will take place later this year at a venue to be confirmed.

The full list of nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2023 are as follows:

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2023 nominations

  • Kate Bush
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Missy Elliott
  • Iron Maiden
  • Joy Division/New Order
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • George Michael
  • Willie Nelson
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Soundgarden
  • The Spinners
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • The White Stripes
  • Warren Zevon

Last year saw Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductions for Eminem, Dolly Parton, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Pat Benatar, Lionel Richie and Carly Simon, while Judas Priest were honoured with a special Musical Excellence award, performing a special set with former members K.K. Downing and Les Binks.

Priest frontman Rob Halford followed the band's performance with a moving speech paying tribute to what he sees as the inclusive side of the heavy metal scene.

"You see, that is what heavy metal is all about," he noted. We call ourselves the heavy metal community which is all-inclusive, no matter what your sexual identity is, what you look like, the colour of your skin, the faith that you believe or don't believe in. Everybody's welcome."

"People on the outside looking in to heavy metal kinda look at us, you know, a little bit scared," he added. "Please. You've seen it here tonight. We're all about the power, the emotion and the dedication, and the love of heavy metal that we've been carrying for 50 heavy metal years."

Merlin Alderslade
Executive Editor, Louder

Merlin moved into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He has also presented and produced the Metal Hammer Podcast, presented the Metal Hammer Radio Show and is probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.