The 2017 class of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was announced yesterday.
Next year’s inductees are Pearl Jam, Yes, ELO, Journey, Joan Baez, Nile Rodgers and Tupac. Niles Rodgers will be honored with an award for musical excellence. Four of these acts (out of five total) came from the fan ballot. The Cars lost out for a second straight year.
Tupac’s posthumous induction was predictable; he’s still one of the biggest names in hip-hop and popular music history. In fact most of his records didn’t go platinum until he died. And, as far as I know, he is the only deceased person to perform at Coachella, albeit in hologram form. Clearly he has continued to have an impact on the culture. To wit, Pac made the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility (the eligibility requirements are that the artist must wait twenty five years after the release of their first album). A somewhat morbid coincidence is that 2016, the year of Pac’s induction announcement, marks the twentieth anniversary of his death.
Tupac started out in hip-hop as a roadie, backup dance and eventual MC for Digital Underground. Eventually he left the group to embark on a solo career. During his lifetime Tupac recorded four studio albums. Since his death six others have been released; the last one was in 2006, Pac’s Life.
On September 7, 1996 Tupac’s life was cut short in a drive-by shooting incident in Las Vegas. As of today the case is still unsolved. A film about Tupac’s life and death, All Eyez on Me, will be released next summer.
The 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on April 7, 2017 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Tickets are not on sale yet.