There are 16 artists who have been put forward as eligible for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2021. An artist becomes eligible for enshrinement in the Hall 25 years after the release of their first recording.
Among those on the ballot this year are Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, Jay-Z, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner and Dionne Warwick.
Fans will determine this year’s inductees via online balloting, but there’s another way to get a piece of the action on your favorite performers. All of the best sports betting sites are offering wagering odds on the chances of each artist gaining induction this year. The winners will be announced in May. A ceremony to honor the new inductees will be held sometime in the autumn.
Seven of the 16 acts that are being considered for induction this year are female or female-fronted. Nine of them feature artists of color. As the Rock shrine strives to be a more inclusive, diverse outfit, both of these facts are new records for the institution.
Let’s look at the odds from MyBookie.ag on some of the top contenders to earn Hall of Fame recognition this year.
Locks To Get Inducted
Jay-Z (-1200) – People can argue about whether Jazzy is the greatest rapper of all-time. No one, however, can debate that he’s been the most successful performer of this genre. Jay-Z has crossed over into the mainstream and even connects with corporate America, working with such all-American entities as the NFL. In his first year of eligibility, he’ll be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Tina Tuner (-700) – Sure, your first reaction is wait, she’s not in yet? Well, technically, she is as part of the Ike And Tina Turner Revue. As a solo artist, though, Turner’s work has not yet been recognized by the Hall. In fact, this is her first nomination. Much like Stevie Nicks, in as a solo artist and as part of Fleetwood Mac, Turner is about to turn two.
Carole King (-400) – Another rock and roll icon who is about to double down. King is already enshrined as a writer. This is her first nomination as a performer.
Go-Go’s (-200) – The Go-Go’s have been eligible for 15 years but are nominated in their first year of eligibility. As the first all-female band to score a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 that they wrote and performed themselves, it seems like this should be a no-brainer.
On The Bubble
Iron Maiden (-140) – Traditionally, metal doesn’t get a lot of love from the Hall voters. Black Sabbath required a decade of nominations before finally cracking through the glass ceiling. Judas Priest have swung and missed twice. Eligible for nearly two decades, could Iron Maiden be a first-ballot inductee?
Foo Fighters (-130) – Their frontman Dave Grohl is already in with Nirvana. Will his bands go two for two? They’re certainly a popular band, but is that popularity widespread enough to garner the required Hall of Fame love?
Mary J. Blige (-120) – The dilemma with Blige isn’t her talent. It’s whether voters view her as a rock and roller. There’s no questioning that she’s a generational talent and an industry icon, but do music fans see her in the same light?
New York Dolls (-120) – Is there space for another glam rock group in the Hall?
Rage Against The Machine (+110) – Will it be third-time lucky for the rap-rock pioneers, twice snubbed during previous Hall nominations? What have they done to change enough minds and get them over the top?
Better Luck Next Year
LL Cool J (+160) – Five times a nominee, never an inductee. What will be different for him this year?
Chaka Khan (+200) – The record holder for most nominations without an enshrinement at seven, sadly Chaka simply doesn’t resonate with today’s music fans.
Devo (+250) – They are not men. But are they Hall of Famers?
Todd Rundgren (+250) – Hard to envision his body of work as Hall of Fame worthy.
Dionne Warwick (+300) – Sure she’s wonderfully talented, but is Warwick really rock and roll? Maybe she can ask her psychic friends for the answer.
Kate Bush (+500) – Bush seems more like a cult figure than a Hall of Famer.