The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced the inductees of the class of 2016. This year’s inductee’s include Haute 100 lister Dr. Dre’s former hip-hop group N.W.A as well as Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple and Steve Miller.All artists were eligible for inclusion after 25 years of the release of their first recording. Inductees were chosen by more than 800 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, as well as the aggregate results of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s online fan vote.
Dr. Dre’s group was chosen for a number of reasons. As stated on the site:
“Unexpected. Shocking. Flawed. Revolutionary. Worthy. N.W.A.’s improbable rise from marginalized outsiders to the most controversial and complicated voices of their generation remains one of rock’s most explosive, relevant and challenging tales. From their Compton, California headquarters (once a leafy oasis of upwardly mobile African-American success, by the time of the group’s 1986 inception the city’s traditional woes of segregation, failing schools, unemployment, mass incarceration and gangs were now joined by militarized law enforcement, crack cocaine and Reaganomics) Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella would — by force of will and unrelenting tales of street life — sell tens of millions of records, influence multiple generations the world over and extend artistic middle fingers to the societal barriers of geography, respectability, caste, authority and whatever else happened to get in their way. As enduringly evergreen as the Beatles and as shockingly marketable as the Sex Pistols, N.W.A. (Niggaz Wit Attitudes) made a way out of no way, put their city on the map and solidified the disparate elements of gangsta rap into a genre meaty enough to be quantified, imitated and monetized for generations to come. But two decades before Rolling Stone would rank them 83rd on their “100 Greatest Artists Of All Time” list, they were just five young men with something to say. Five men, at least twice that many opposing points of view among them and well over a hundred million records collectively sold over the last 29 years, N.W.A. and its extended family tree of platinum satellites (J.J. Fad, The D.O.C, Above The Law, Michel’le, Yo-Yo, Da Lench Mob, Del the Funky Homosapien, Hieroglyphics, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Nate Dogg, The Dogg Pound, The Lady of Rage, Bone Thugsn-Harmony, 2Pac, Westside Connection, Eminem, 50 Cent, The Game, Kendrick Lamar — an unmatched assemblage of talent) helped set the stage for hip-hop’s emergence as one of this planet’s most dominant musical life forms.”
The ceremony to welcome the latest additions will take place on Friday, April 8th, 2016 at the Barclays Center. It will air on HBO in the spring. A date has yet to be announced.