( 4UMF NEWS ) N.W.A. Headed To The Hall Of Fame:
Straight outta Compton and into the Rock Hall. N.W.A is joining the 31st class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The legendary hip-hop group will be inducted alongside Cheap Trick, Chicago, Steve Miller and Deep Purple on April 8 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Immortalized on the big screen this summer in the blockbuster biopic Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A has been considered for entry into the Rock Hall four times. British rockers Deep Purple have been nominated on three occasions, while Chicago, Cheap Trick and Miller all earned nods for the first time this year.
The 2016 crop was chosen by more than 800 members of the Hall’s voting committee, which includes artists, historians and music industry members. To be eligible for nomination, the acts must have released their first single or album at least 25 years ago (in this case, 1990 or earlier).
In the online fan vote, conducted on multiple sites including USATODAY.com, Chicago led with 23.4%, followed by Yes, The Cars, Deep Purple and Miller. The aggregate of the fan vote counted as a ballot in the official voting. Winners of the past two fan votes — Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble for the 2015 class, and Kiss for 2014 — subsequently made it into the Hall.
Acts that missed out on a 2016 induction include Janet Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Los Lobos and Chic, who have been nominated a record 10 times. HBO will broadcast this spring’s ceremony and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland will open a special exhibit honoring the new additions.
Cheap Trick. The hard-rocking, power-pop pioneers (Dream Police) found success in Japan before breaking through stateside and have toured almost nonstop over the band’s four-decade history.
Chicago. Formed in Illinois in the late ’60s with a revolving door of members, the band continues its U.S. tour in January.
Deep Purple. The British quintet, which helped define the heavy metal genre with its organ-driven thick sound and early covers of Hush and Kentucky Woman, climbed the charts with Smoke On the Water and Woman From Tokyo.
N.W.A. Led by Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and the late Eazy-E, the West Coast rap group caught the attention of the FBI with its gangsta rap classic F— Tha Police in the late 1980s.
Steve Miller. The veteran guitarist has released more than a dozen albums with his Steve Miller Band since the mid-1960s, scoring hits with seminal anthems The Joker, Abracadabra and Jet Airliner.