Wednesday, September 29, 2010

2011 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees: Still Heavy on the Guys

Two years ago, I wrote about the underrepresentation of women in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

"Earlier this month, Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Totally deserving, considering her influence, and not exactly a shock to anyone, unless you consider that out of the 200-plus artists in the Hall, only twenty of them are women. Another seven women who were nominated as part of a band: (Tina Weymouth from the Talking Heads, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac..)

Twenty. That's not many."

The 2011 nominees are up, and only three of the fifteen artists are women: Darlene Love, Laura Nyro and Donna Summer. This should come as a surprise to no one, and granted the rock hall has had its share of other complaints (notably, non "rock" artists getting inducted), but I had hoped to see, especially the artists nominated move into the eighties and beyond, more female artists.

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