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This week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class 2014 was announced and some people are a bit shocked and upset that LL Cool J and N.W.A were not selected for induction.  This year’s list of nominees included: The Paul Butterfield Blues BandChicDeep PurplePeter Gabriel,  Hall and OatesKissLL Cool JThe MetersNirvanaN.W.AThe ReplacementsLinda RonstadtCat StevensLink WrayYes and The Zombies. The 2014  honor will be given to Nirvana, KISS, Hall and Oates, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens.

Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first album, but this wasn’t LL’s or N.W.A’s first time at the rodeo nomination. They were both nominated in 2013.

But forget about LL and  N.W.A for a second.

CHIC!?

You’re not going to include CHIC?

I can probably name more Chic songs than a N.W.A song to begin with.  I’m not even going to start rambling on about the greatness of Nile Rogers because that could end up looking like a Beyonce dissertation.  This year Rogers has collaborated with just about everyone. The former Chic member and guitarist hooked up  Daft Punk and Avicii.  To top that off he recently dropped a mashup,  “Do What You Wanna Do”.

Obviously the people voting at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame doesn’t know greatness when they hear it.  

Excuse me while I go and dance to “Le Freak”.

13 Comments

  1. Anthony

    I actually liked NWA when I first heard them. I had never heard anything like Gangsta Gangsta, and I thought NWA had tapped into something real. The downside is that the reality they reflected also had a very ugly core of sexism. I can understand women not supporting them, but the truth is that many male artists need to be removed if sexism is a bar to the Rock ‘n Roll HOF.

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  2. The Other Jess

    NWA needed to be snubbed! I am sooo glad they were not inducted – Black people have enough ignorance, hate and misogyny – we don’t need that crap continually legitimized.

    LL Cool J, however, should have been inducted. And I’m not even going to lie. I only know of one song by CHIC, and I didn’t even know that the name of the group was Chic, I just knew the song.

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    • Anthony

      @the Other Jess, that’s alright. You can’t help it if you are young! I’m from the era of self-contained bands, and Chic were first rate musicians, arrangers, song writers, and producers.

      Another tidbit about Chic was that Luther Vandross was a secret ingredient in their studio work. He was such an expert backup singer, he could mix his vocals with the women in the group in such a way that the mix was thickened without it being obvious a man was along too.

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  3. Chic: yes. LLCoo J? Come on now.

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