The inductees are led by Jay Z, Foo Fighters, Carole King, Todd Rundgren, The Go-Go’s and Tina Turner.

On May 12, 2021, the 2021 inductees into the Rock and Roll hall of fame were announced and Nigerian Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti missed out.

The inductees are Jay Z, Foo Fighters, Carole King, Todd Rundgren, The Go-Go’s and Tina Turner. This marks heartbreak for Nigerians and Africans, who got Fela into second behind Tina Turner on the fans ballot.

On February 10, 2021, it was announced that the Nigerian legend would compete alongside 15 other music legends including;

  • Mary J. BligeKate BushDevoFoo FightersThe Go-Go’sIron MaidenJay-ZChaka KhanCarole KingLL Cool JNew York DollsRage Against The MachineTodd RundgrenTina Turner

On February 12, 2021, Phylixblog Nigeria wrote an explainer about the effects of passionate votes by Nigerians.

In the article, Pulse Nigeria noted that, “Inductees are chosen by an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, historians, members and rock experts of the music industry. Starting in 2012, fans were given the privilege of participation.

Until April 30, 2021, fans can cast their votes for who they think should be inducted from the 2020 class. The top five artists in the fans’ ballot then get counted as a single vote alongside the 1,000-plus other ballots.”

As it turns out, online voting never really counted for much.

Clarence Avant is also up for the Ahmet Ertegun Award; LL Cool J, Billy Preston and Randy Rhoads are up for the Musical Excellence Award while Kraftwerk, Gil Scott Heron and Charley Patton are up for the Early Influence Award.