Ironically, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is not very rock n' roll.
While it's rare to hear anyone excited about anything that happens in Cleveland, the music world is abuzz with news of the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
Being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is among the top honors any musician can hope to achieve, and past inductees include a wide range of icons from Bob Dylan to Etta James to The Grateful Dead. This year's honorees include Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motörhead, Nine Inch Nails, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, T. Rex and Thin Lizzy. Those who receive the most votes will be inducted May 2nd, 2020 at a ceremony at Cleveland's Public Hall.
While fans and media personnel take the Hall of Fame very seriously, it's not uncommon for rock stars to display nothing but nonchalance and cool when faced with this great honor, or even to snub it altogether—which, honestly, is pretty rock and roll. So, in celebration of the 2020 nominees, we've compiled a list of times musical icons didn't give a f*ck about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2. Steve Miller
In 2016, Steve Miller and his band were inducted into the Hall of Fame, and during his acceptance speech he criticized the Hall for their lack of inclusivity and meager philanthropic efforts, saying they needed to be "more inclusive of women and to be more transparent in your dealings with the public, and most importantly, to do much more to revive music in our schools." After the ceremony, he told just about any outlet that would listen that the Rock Hall does nothing "besides talk about itself and sell postcards," calling them a "bunch of jackasses and jerks and f*cking gangsters and crooks who've fucking stolen everything from a f*cking artist" and that he wanted to have their finances investigated.
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