Twenty-one years after his death, rapper Tupac Shakur will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where he will join legends like Aerosmith, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Nirvana, Stevie Wonder, and more.
Apart from Shakur, this year’s inductees include Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Journey, Pearl Jam, Yes, and Nile Rodgers (for the Award for Musical Excellence).
To be an inductee, an artist, producer, engineer, or notable figure must have major influence on the development of rock and roll.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame described the Class of 2017 as:
Movers. Shakers. Visionaries and inspirations that changed the way we listen to rock & roll – these are your Rock Hall Class of 2017 Inductees. Nominated and voted on by over 900 musicians, journalists and critics, these artists and bands have made their permanent mark on music and continue to influence up-and-coming performers today.
Shakur was a rapper, producer, actor, poet, and activist. His albums All Eyez on Me and Greatest Hits are part of the best-selling albums in the US. On September 7, 1996, he was shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. He died in the hospital six days later. He was 26.
Despite his death, Shakur still holds considerable influence in the music industry. This year, a biopic and a TV series will be produced to honor his memory.
Rapper Snoop Dogg will induct Shakur into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in an Induction Ceremony on April 7.
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