Artist Spotlight: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2023

Congratulations to the Class of 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees! 2023 brought us the 38th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which included recognition of the four categories which now total 378 inductees from 1986 to today. To be eligible to be nominated as an inductee, artists are required to have released their first record 25 years prior to Induction. This was Missy Elliot’s first year of eligibility and she is going down in history as the first female rapper to be inducted! This music culture honor coincides with another milestone — the 50th anniversary of the birth of Hip-Hop.

Born from the collision of rhythm & blues, country, and gospel, rock & roll is a spirit that is inclusive and ever-changing and not defined by any one genre. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates the sound of youth culture and honors the artists whose music connects us all. View the full list of 2023’s inductees and information about their categories below.



Honoring bands and solo artists who, in their careers, have created music whose originality, impact, and influence has changed the course of rock & roll.

  • Kate Bush
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Missy Elliott
  • George Michael
  • Willie Nelson
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • The Spinners



The Award for Musical Excellence shall be given to artists, musicians, songwriters and producers whose originality and influence creating music have had a dramatic impact on music.

  • Chaka Khan
  • Al Kooper
  • Bernie Taupin



The Early Influence Award shall be given to a performing artist or group whose music and performance style have directly influenced and helped inspire and evolve rock & roll and music that has impacted youth culture.

  • DJ Kool Herc
  • Link Wray



The Ahmet Ertegun Award shall be given to non-performing industry professionals who, through their dedicated belief and support of artists and their music, have had a major influence on the creative development and growth of rock & roll and music that has impacted youth culture.

  • Don Cornelius

Read more about each inductee’s history and influence here. Check out ta clip of Missy Elliott’s “Get Ur Freak On” performance below, plus the 2023 Insight

Kaitlyn CarrArtist Spotlight: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2023