The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have faced plenty of criticism over the years over who has been inducted and in some cases when they were inducted, and one of the latest criticisms comes from Courtney Love, who shared a tweet from author Jessica Hopper breaking down some of the less than stellar stats when it comes to female representation in the Rock Hall.
Hopper initially responded to a Music Connection article noting the Rock Hall was celebrating #WomenWhoRock with special programs as part of Women’s History Month. The headline on the article read, “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Celebrates Women Who Rock.”
In her response, Hopper noted, “Do they tho? 719 inductees to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, only 61 are women. That’s 8.48 percent. C’mon @rockhall, it’s FUCKING GRIM BRO when yr doing worse than women-artists-on-country radio numbers (10 percent) and women headliners at major music festivals (13 percent).”
That tweet garnered Love’s attention who then added her own response to the conversation, while also sharing one of her texts she had sent to Dave Grohl upon the Foo Fighters‘ induction announcement by the Rock Hall.
“@jesshopp DOES THE MATH,” tweeted Love. “37 years in existence & women make up 8.48 percent of inductees out of 719. See txt to Grohl. @rockhall ELIGIBILITY is 25 years after 1st release. @foofighters were nominated 4 secs later. @NinaSimoneMusic & Carole King 30 years #fixtherockandrollhalloffame.”
In her text to Grohl, Love wrote, “Have fun at the Rock Hall Dave. Make sure and hold the seats of Tina Turner & Carole King, both who have been eligible for over 30! years each.”
Nina Simone was eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, having been eligible since 1984. Tina Turner and Carole King were both inducted in 2021, the same year that Foo Fighters were inducted into the Rock Hall.
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There are plenty of opportunities for the Rock Hall to add to their female representation in 2023. Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott and Cyndi Lauper have all been nominated, while The White Stripes (Meg White) and New Order/Joy Division (Gillian Gilbert) also have female members in the band.
Eight of the 14 potential Rock Hall inductees are on the Rock Hall ballot for the first time. Only two of those, Missy Elliott and The White Stripes, are in their first year of eligibility. The 2023 induction class will be revealed in May.
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