An entirely new collection of artists will become Hall-eligible for the first time in 2023. And while the list of newcomers includes Grammy winners, chart-toppers and multi-platinum artists, none seem destined to be buried anytime soon.
From the rock world queen of the stone age and Mouse headline the new group of Hall hopefuls. Josh Homme‘s band has the kind of resume and big-name connections that Hall voters traditionally love. Across seven studio albums, Queens of the Stone Age have created a distinctive desert rock sound all their own, with Dave Grohl, Billy Gibbons and Paul McCartney among the many tent rockers who have sung the band’s praises. Mouse, meanwhile, boast impressive credentials of their own, including two Grammy wins and more than 30 million albums sold. Both groups look set to enter the Hall at some point, but neither has the overwhelming prestige of doing so in the first year of eligibility.
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If the rap-rock/nu-metal craze of the late ’90s had lasted another few decades, Limp Bizkit may have had a decent argument. Of course it didn’t, so there are small chances Fred Durst will ever get some “Nookie” inside the Hall of Fame. In the same way works as Creed and Third eye blindwhich enjoyed massive success in the 90s and early 2000s, but quickly faded away afterwards and simply didn’t have the longevity or lasting impact that the Hall requires.
Given his family heritagethat would be pretty cool to see Derek Trucks given some consideration. The guitarist has certainly been by Hall’s side for most of his career, playing with legends such as Bob Dylan, Joe Walsh, Stephen Stills, Phil Lesh and Eric Clapton. But while his own work – both in the Derek Trucks Band and Tedeschi Trucks Band — has been very successful, just hasn’t had the kind of high-level commercial popularity that Hall voters expect.
Some of the strongest newly-entitled acts come from the world of hip-hop (a fact sure to annoy the purists who insist the Hall is only for rock). Missy Elliott is the best-selling female rapper of all time, with a legacy that spans generations of artists who followed her. If there’s a slam-dunk case anywhere to be found among the newcomers, it’s hers.
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Will Smith‘s career first started thanks to his skills as an MC, but acting soon overtook music as his primary medium. When people think of Smith, they’re more likely to think of a movie star (or a slap) rather than his songs. There will be some who champion Big Willie and his ability to help make hip-hop palatable to mainstream, white audiences, but it’s unlikely those voices will be strong enough to earn him induction.
Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) is an incredible MC and lyricist who has released excellent work both as a solo artist and part of the duo Black Star. But his success has never been mainstream and – like Smith – he has become more known for his acting than his music.
In a similar way, P Diddy‘s career has been built on his business acumen more than his musical talent. He was an integral part of the career Notorious BIG, Mary J. Blige, Usher and many more artists. Maybe that’s enough to get him in via one of Hallen’s side categories, but as a performer his resume doesn’t hold up. Diddy has only released four studio albums, and only his debut LP, 1997’s No way outwould be considered a mainstream success.
Elsewhere on the list of new eligible artists we come to a couple of pop powerhouses: Black Eyed Peas and Destiny’s Child. The former has sold more than 80 million albums but has generally been dismissed for lack of artistic merit. The latter, despite being very successful in their own right, will always be considered the girl group Beyonce was with before she stayed Beyonce. Neither offers the type of credentials that have historically swayed Hall voters.
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Beyond the aforementioned actions, few of the newly qualified artists are doing much to move the needle. Wyclef Jean has a better chance of getting in with the Fugees than as a solo artist, 98 Degrees was the third most popular boy band of the late 90s (that’s not a compliment) and New found glory was never able to rise higher than the Warped Tour main stage.
If there’s a last name to watch out for, this is it Sia. The Australian singer-songwriter took a while to catch on – it wasn’t until her sixth studio album, 2014’s 1000 kinds of fear, that she really achieved wide recognition. Since then, she’s racked up a string of chart-toppers of her own—”Chandelier,” “Elastic Heart,” “Cheap Thrills”—while also penning hits for Rihanna, Katy Perry, Beyonce and more.
The 2023 inductees offer an eclectic mix of styles for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame voters to consider. Inevitably, a few of those mentioned here will be recorded. We just don’t expect that to happen anytime soon.
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