Nigeria’s afro beat legend; Fela Kuti lost out on being a 2021 inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite being second in the fan vote category on the last day of voting.
Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Go’s, JAY-Z, Foo Fighters and Todd Rundgren announced on Wednesday made it as the 2021 inductees.
Artistes become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record according to organisers explaining the rationale behind the selection process.
In order to be inducted, an artiste must be nominated by a committee that selects a number of candidates, the highest being 16 for the 2020 class the organisers added.
Lamenting the lack of transparency in the selection process, Fela’s son Femi Kuti tweeted “Apparently there’s another vote only members can take part in, and that’s what counts.
So they kind of wasted our precious time, the positive side Fela was trending and many who never heard of him got to hear his music and his story.”
In response to reactions from Nigerians, Rock and Roll Hall of fame said “The top five public-selected artists comprise a “fans’ ballot” that is tallied along with the ballots from more than 1,200 artists including Inductees, historians and members of the music industry.
FWIW, in 2021, three of the top five Fan Vote winners will be inducted.”