When Will Electronic Dance Music Make It Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?
With legendary acts like Kraftwerk still barely getting nominations, will the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ever let dance music into the club?This article originally appeared on Forbes
It may still be called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but the building and the honor that goes along with being invited into it, hasn’t been restricted to just the one genre for years now.
Many different styles of music have now seen their biggest and brightest talents welcomed into the hallowed hall, and as time goes on, there are only going to be more musicians who don’t fit into the typical label of “rock” included. So, while it might be controversial to even ask the question at this point in time, how long will it be before an electronic dance act finally makes it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
The mere idea of a DJ being placed alongside such rock icons as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Doors and the hundreds of other famous names that have been lucky enough to be chosen for one of the music industry's greatest honors is blasphemous to many, but like it or not, it’s probably on the horizon.
When the first non-rock musicians finally made it in, there was initially an uproar from purists, and now there are at least one or two artists nominated every year who nobody would deem “rock.” It is still controversial every time new names are revealed, but slowly, it’s becoming more commonplace for non-rock musicians to receive this honor. At the 2017 induction ceremony, which takes place in Brooklyn tonight (and airs on HBO the evening of Saturday, April 29th for those who can't make it to the arena to see the show in person), rapper Tupac Shakur will be welcomed, and it's hard to classify him as "rock" in almost any way, though he is absolutely deserving of this honor.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame now includes pop, disco, jazz, R&B, and even hip-hop, with each of those genres becoming better and better represented as time goes by. Names like Madonna, Donna Summer, Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C. and even ABBA are all members, and there are plenty of well-known figures that have been nominated who haven’t yet been inducted (but who probably will be in the coming years), many of which have never released a rock song in their lives.
Electronic music remains one of the only major, popular genres of music that isn’t represented in what has become less a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and more a museum dedicated to artists who pushed boundaries and changed music history. An EDM act hasn’t made it yet, but could one? When an electronic artist is named as an honoree, the decision will surely be met with an outcry, but there are some names that might be perfect for that gentle first step.
Both Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode have been nominated, but they haven't won out just yet. Fellow legends like Giorgio Moroder, the Pet Shop Boys, Daft Punk or even LCD Soundsystem could all also be great early selections for the genre in terms of finding its way into the Hall of Fame.