Aaliyah fans file petition for Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction

Aaliyah has been gone for nearly 23 years, but her dedicated fan base is keeping her memory alive with a petition to have her inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Created with Change.org, the petition has garnered nearly 7,000 signatures as of Tuesday (Jan. 24). In the description, its creator Albert Tsibu wrote about Aaliyah’s influence on the likes of Beyoncé, Rihanna and Drake and argued for her inclusion in the prestigious museum.

“Aaliyah broke barriers, ground and records in her music and still continues to influence many players in the R&B, pop and hip-hop landscape,” Tsibu wrote. “Everyone from Beyoncé, Rihanna & Drake to Normani, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande & The Weeknd among many other popular artists have all credited Aaliyah as an inspiration for their music and careers.”

It continues: “As a legion of loyal and dedicated fans, many of Aaliyah’s posthumous tributes and accolades over the years have become a reality because of our hard work, diligence and patience. Aaliyah being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame would not only be fitting for a musical legend, but also well-deserved for someone who continues to influence a new generation of artists and musicians with his innovative body of work that stands the test of time. this very day.”

Aaliyah became eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019 when her debut album, 1994’s Age is nothing but a numberturned 25. According to the organization’s website, “To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.”

You can sign the petition here.

Eminem was among the inductees in the Rock Hall’s 2022 class, alongside music legends Lionel Richie, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Dolly Parton and Harry Belafonte. At the ceremony, Dr. Dre welcomed his former protégé with a speech that highlighted Em’s influence on the rap game.

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“Over 20 years ago, Jimmy Iovine, who is also one of tonight’s inductees and one of my best friends, played me a demo tape from a guy who called himself Eminem,” said Dre. “The first thing I said when I heard it was, ‘What the hell did he just say?’ I loved it so much I couldn’t stop listening to it.

A few days later, Jimmy called me and said, ‘You know he’s a white guy, right?’ Fucked me!” The Aftermath mogul continued. “Looking back, I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me. He certainly didn’t sound like a black rapper, especially because of what he said. I guess it was my ignorance at the time that I thought if you’re a really good rapper, you have to be black.”

After acknowledging how the three of them all banked on each other to bring Em’s career to life, Dre went on to praise Eminem for the way his music “brought Hip Hop to Middle America” ​​and “forced us to confront our prejudices .”

As of this writing, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has yet to respond to Aaliyah’s fans.

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