Black and Latinx musicians spanning the last four decades of R&B, hip hop and metal music earned nominations for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame today (October 9).
The Cleveland museum’s announcement lists 15 nominees for its 2019 class. Two of the candidates are Black solo artists, while others feature prominent vocalists and instrumentalists of color in their lineups. Here are this year’s nominees of color:
- Genre-bending singer, songwriter, actress and dance artist Janet Jackson
- Rapper and actor LL Cool J
- Chaka Khan (vocals), Tony Maiden (guitar), Bobby Watson (bass) and Willie Weeks (bass) of funk band Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
- Zach de la Rocha (vocals) and Tom Morello (guitar) of rap metal group Rage Against the Machine
They were all previously nominated but not inducted. The Hall of Fame will announce the inductees in December, then honor them via a televised ceremony on March 29.
See the full list of 2019 contenders and cast your vote for the fan favorite at RockHall.com.