Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class of 2024: Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, and Mary J. Blige among inductees

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22 Apr 2024, 09:53

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame welcomes the class of 2024 with a royal flush as it welcomes the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, the Queen of R&B, Mary J. Blige, and the Goddess of Pop, Cher.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its star-studded lineup for the 2024 class, and it’s a roster that’s sure to rock your socks off, even more than last year's bumper set of alumni!

Among the illustrious inductees are icons like Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, and Mary J. Blige, alongside other musical luminaries who have left an indelible mark on the world of rock and roll.

In a night that promises to be filled with electrifying performances and heartfelt speeches, these legendary artists will take their well-deserved place among the pantheon of rock gods.

From soulful melodies to hard-hitting riffs, this year’s class embodies the diverse and ever-evolving spirit of rock & roll.

Cher, Kool & the Gang, Peter Frampton, and Foreigner are all making their debut in the Rock Hall, with each act bringing their own unique flair to the table.

Alexis Korner, John Mayall, and Big Mama Thornton will receive this year’s Musical Influence Award, while the Musical Excellence Award will go to Jimmy Buffett, MC5, Dionne Warwick, and Norman Whitfield. Longtime Motown executive Suzanne de Passe will get the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

Strangely, Cher never appeared on a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot as either a solo artist or as part of Sonny and Cher prior to this year. Shortly before the ballot came out, she vented her frustrations about the situation to Kelly Clarkson. 

“I wouldn’t be in it now if they gave me a million dollars,” she said. “I’m never going to change my mind. They can just go you-know-what themselves.”

Looks the like the Hall of Fame fond themselves a million and one dollars.

And let’s not forget about A Tribe Called Quest, who, after two previous nominations, are finally getting the recognition they deserve.

When A Tribe Called Quest didn’t make the cut last year, longtime Tribe collaborator Consequence went public with his unhappiness. “This is the family tree for me,” he said.

“This the tree that brought you G.O.O.D Music. This the tree that allowed Common Sense to be Common. This is the right-hand man to De La Soul. Stop me when I’m lying. What we not gonna do is keep subjugating that name, A Tribe Called Quest, to a white popularity contest.”

But perhaps the biggest surprise of all is the inclusion of Ozzy Osbourne as a solo artist. After entering the Hall of Fame with Black Sabbath back in 2006, Ozzy is now making history as one of the few musicians to be considered for a second entry.

As he put it: “After 44 years as a solo artist, the fact that I can continue to record music and receive this recognition is something I am incredibly proud of.”

And let’s not overlook Mary J. Blige, who expressed her excitement on Instagram, saying, "Beyond Grateful!!!!!! This is incredible!!! God always has the final say!!!! Thank you to my fans all over the world!!!! Tears of Joy!!!!"

With her powerhouse vocals and soulful tunes, Mary has cemented her place as one of the greatest artists of our time.

But amidst all the celebration, there’s also a bittersweet note as we remember the artists who are no longer with us.

Jimmy Buffet and MC5’s Wayne Kramer may have passed away within the last year, but their music will continue to live on in our hearts forever.

Another sad note comes in the form of those who didn't quite make the final cut this year.

The artists who were nominated for induction this year but were passed over are Oasis, Sinéad O’Connor, Sade, Mariah Carey, and Eric B. & Rakim.

As John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, aptly put it: “Rock & Roll is an ever-evolving amalgam of sounds that impacts culture and moves generations.

“This diverse group of inductees each broke down musical barriers and influenced countless artists that followed in their footsteps.”

And with this diverse group of inductees, we’re reminded of the enduring power of music to inspire, uplift, and unite us all. So let’s raise our lighters and toast to the Class of 2024 - may their legacy shine on for generations to come!