Nigeria’s afrobeat legend and multi-instrumentalist, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti has been excluded from the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
Fela was announced as a nominee for the award in February and fans had launched a massive campaign to keep the music icon in the race.
However, Fela wasn’t included despite being the second (after Tina Turner) in the fan vote category which creates a single official ballot.
Fela’s eldest son, Femi Kuti, in his reaction, said Nigerians’ votes for the Afrobeat pioneer did not count because there was another means of voting which can only be done by members.
“Apparently there’s another vote only members can take part in, and that’s what counts. So they kind of wasted our precious time, the positive side #Fela was trending and many who never heard of him got to hear his music and his story,” he tweeted.
The inductees in the performers’ category include Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, JAY-Z, Carole King, Todd Rundgren and Tina Turner.
Others inductees in the special categories include Clarence Ahmet (Ahmet Ertegum Awardee), Karftwerk, Charley Patton, Gil Scot-Herron (Early Influence), LL Cool J, Billy Preston, and Randy Rhoads (Musical Excellence).
The induction ceremony will be done in Cleveland, Ohio on October 30 of this year.