Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Fela Kuti in early lead

14 Feb 2021

23 years plus after the death of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, he has continued to enjoy support from Nigerians. Fela has been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2021.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame published 16 nominees for its 2021 class of inductees, and on the list is the Afrobeat originator, who many believed had been eligible for some time and is finally being recognised for the honour.

Fela was nominated alongside 15 other artistes including Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan and Dionne Warwick.

In a statement, the Chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, John Sykes, said, “This remarkable ballot reflects the diversity and depth of the artistes and music the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrates.

These nominees have left an indelible impact on the sonic landscape of the world and influenced countless artists that have followed them.”

Fans and celebrities have been throwing their weight behind the Afrobeat icon and canvassing for votes on his behalf.

As of the time of filing this report, Fela had over 116,362 votes, followed by Tina Turner with 80,223 votes, while Foo Fighters had 59,287 votes.

Notable Nigerians who have rooted for votes for Fela include Davido, the Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, Don Jazzy, Burna Boy, Banky W, Japheth Omojuwa, Omoyele Sowore, and Funke Kuti.