Mary J. Blige, A Tribe Called Quest, and Kool & The Gang Headline the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2024

Other inductees include Dionne Warwick, Norman Whitfield, Big Mama Thornton, and more.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced the 2024 inductees and Mary J. Blige, A Tribe Called Quest, and Kool & The Gang will be enshrined for their immense contributions to the music industry. Other inductees include Dionne Warwick, Norman Whitfield, and Big Mama Thornton.

Blige, the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul”, ATCQ, one the greatest hip-hop groups of all time, and Kool and The Gang, one of the most successful and the most sampled funk groups will be inducted into the Performer Category. Cher, Peter Frampton, Ozzy Osbourne, and the Dave Matthews Band are inducted in the same category.

Warwick, Whitfield, Jimmy Buffett, and MC5 will be honored with the Musical Excellence Award.

Thornton, Alexis Korner, and John Mayall will receive the Musical Influence Award.

On “American Idol” on Sunday (April 21), Ryan Seacrest and Lionel Richie also revealed new inductees during the live broadcast of the singing competition.

Suzanne de Passe, the acclaimed Motown executive and screenwriter/TV producer will receive the annual Ahmet Ertegun Award.

Chaka Khan and H.E.R. perform onstage during the 38th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to Emphasize Diversifying its Inductees

With the inclusion of more women and genres spanning from R&B, hip-hop, rock, the blues, pop, and funk, the Hall of Fame is continuing its commitment to diversify as an institution after years of being criticized for its selections.

Previously, Blige was nominated in 2021, and after getting nominations in 2022 and 2023, ATCQ received the call on their third nomination. 

Kool & The Gang, Cher, Foreigner, Frampton, and Osbourne, who was already inducted as a member of Black Sabbath, will all be inducted on their first ballot entry.

The induction ceremony will be held at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland on Oct. 19 and stream live on Disney+ and on Hulu the next day. 

The broadcast will air on ABC at a later date.

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