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ROCK HALL CEO Explains Exclusion Of Heavy Metal Bands In Hall Of Fame

What's the deal with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame not recognizing metal?

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame president and CEO Greg Harris has commented on the lack of metal acts being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Harris joined Audacy host Ryan Castle yesterday to discuss the announcement of the 2021 inductees and let people know what they can expect at this year’s ceremony.

When asked about TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider’s recent comments about the genre of heavy metal not being “respected enough” by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Harris said: “It’s an interesting one, because we do. We celebrate all forms of rock and roll. They were nominated, and we’ve nominated [IRON] MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST have been nominated, we put DEF LEPPARD in… Those that are nominated, over 80 percent of them eventually do get inducted. So it’s really a question of, let’s keep nominating them, let’s get ’em on the ballot, and let’s get it out to the voting body. Incredible bands, no doubt — truly worthy of nomination, truly worthy of consideration. This ballot had sixteen artists on it… and five would have been terrific. They just can’t all go in. So this year these are the six. And we’re excited to see what next year brings.”

Even though artists are eligible for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single, iconic acts such as JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN and MOTÖRHEAD have yet to be inducted.

Artists become eligible a quarter century after the release of their first albums.  Further criteria includes “the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock ‘n’ roll”.

Much like the bands mentioned in the previous paragraph.