The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announces its 2023 inductees and they represent a diverse group of artists. Four of the of seven Inductees in the Performer category were on the ballot for the first time, including Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, George Michael, and Willie Nelson. This was the first year of eligibility for Missy Elliott.

“This year’s incredible group of Inductees reflects the diverse artists and sounds that define rock & roll.” — John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation

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The 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Today’s announcement was streamed on Apple Music 1 during a one-hour special with hosts Ebro Darden, Rebecca Judd, Matt Wilkinson, Brooke Reese, and Kelleigh Bannen with special guests Sheryl Crow and Bernie Taupin.


Performer Category (artists who have created music whose originality, impact, and influence has changed the course of rock & roll)

  • Kate Bush
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Missy Elliott
  • George Michael
  • Willie Nelson
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • The Spinners

Musical Influence Award (artists whose music and performance style have directly influenced, inspired, and evolved rock & roll and music impacting youth culture)

  • DJ Kool Herc
  • Link Wray

Musical Excellence Award (given to artists, musicians, songwriters and producers whose originality and influence creating music have had a dramatic impact on music)

  • Chaka Khan
  • Al Kooper
  • Bernie Taupin

Ahmet Ertegun Award (non-performing industry professionals who have had a major influence on the creative development and growth of rock & roll and music that has impacted youth culture)

  • Don Cornelius


To be eligible, artists are required to have released their first record 25 years prior to Induction. Fans around the world participate in the Induction selection process through the Fan Vote. Through April 28, fans voted online every day at or in person at the Museum in Cleveland. The top five artists selected by the public comprised a “fans’ ballot” that was tallied along with the other ballots to determine the 2023 Inductees. 

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The 38th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place Friday, November 3rd at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The November Ceremony in New York will coincide with two milestones in music culture — the 90th birthday of Willie Nelson and the 50th Anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop. Ticket sale information will be available at a later date. Visit for more information.

Rock & Roll music and the artists that create it have Socially Sparked® our lives. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame shares stories of the people, events, and songs that shape our world through digital content, innovative exhibits, live music, engaging programs, and their annual Induction Ceremony. We congratulate all of this year’s inductees and look forward to more inspiring music from them all. — Abbe is Socially Sparked. — Tweet us @sosparkednews & @asparks01