Nina Simone Will Be Inducted “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame”
Nina Simone will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The late singer will be joined by Bon Jovi, British bands Dire Straits and the Moody Blues, and The Cars.
The singer-songwriter and civil rights activist died in 2003 at age 70. She found fame in the 1960s with songs like “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” and “Mississippi Goddam.” Simone recorded more than 40 albums, mostly between 1958, when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue, and 1974. She had a hit in the United States in 1958 with “I Loves You, Porgy”.
Simone’s musical style fused gospel and pop with classical music, in particular Johann Sebastian Bach,and accompanied expressive, jazz-like singing in her contralto voice. Modern artists ranging from Elton John to Kanye West have credited her with influencing their work.
The inductees were voted on by music fans and 900 music industry experts and will be inducted at a ceremony and performance show in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 14.
Artists who were nominated this year but not chosen for induction included British singer Kate Bush, alt-rock band Radiohead and the J.Geils band.