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“Disgusting!”: Gene Simmons blasts The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021 for Iron Maiden snub

Iron Maiden on stage during the Legacy Of The Beast Tour in Tallinn Estonia

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has found itself under fire for snubbing legendary metal bands after its 2021 awards reveal. 

The Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Tina Turner, the Go-Go’s, Todd Rundgren and Carole King were amongst the artists inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021, earning their slots in the Performance category.

Inducted in the Musical Excellence category this year were LL Cool J, Billy Preston, Randy Rhoads. Early Influence awards went to Kraftwerk, Gil Scott-Heron and Charley Patton. Industry executive Clarence Avant has been named 2021’s Ahmet Ertegun Award honouree.

Perhaps more interesting are the artists and bands which were snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.

Nominees Rage Against the Machine, Kate Bush, Devo, Iron Maiden, Chaka Khan, Fela Kuti, New York Dolls, Mary J. Blige and Dionne Warwick failed to make the grade.

Early Influence Awards were given to Kraftwwerk, Gil Scott-Heron and Charlet Patton…

Kiss vocalist and bassist Gene Simmons slammed the organisation in a tweet after the announcement for not inducting Rage Against The Machine and Iron Maiden this year.

He tweeted: ‘RR Hall of Fame is a sham not to include Maiden. Disgusting!’ and ‘Sadly, Rage Against The Machine shut out of RR Hall of Fame. The Hall should be ashamed of themselves….’

We doubt Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson will be too upset, having declared  the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame “an utter and complete load of bollocks” during a Q&A for his speaking tour in Melbourne Australia in 2018.

“It’s run by a bunch of sanctimonious bloody Americans who wouldn’t know rock and roll if it hit them in the face.” 

This metal snub was echoed in the UK to a certain extent, by the Brit Awards 2021, which notably blanked rock music and artists.

The Rock Hall 2021 ceremony will take place live and in-person at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, Ohio, on October 30, 2021.  

Beatle George Harrison and Ravi Shankar in conversation in 1971

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