The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2023 induction ceremony commenced with Sheryl Crow and Olivia Rodrigo’s iconic performance, while Missy Elliott ended it with great energy.
On the star-filled Friday night, November 3, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the hall was filled with a powerful presence of Black artists and women.
The 52-year-old American rapper delivered a show stopping performance that hooked the audience for over four hours, celebrating 50 years of funk, R&B, art-rock and hip hop.
Friday evening also honored the Soul Train creator Don Cornelius, Kate Bush and Chaka Khan, adding to the diversity inducted into the Hall of Fame.
This year’s strong representation of women and Black artists marked a significant moment, as it came shortly after the removal of Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner from its board of directors.
Wenner, 77, who also co-founded the hall, earlier stated that Black and female musicians “didn’t articulate at the level” of the white musicians featured in his new book of interviews.
However, he later apologized for his remarks.
Apparently, the new inductees' talent showed how misguided he was and let Wenner reflect upon his previous stance.
Elton John’s songwriting partner Bernie Taupin slyly said he was honored to join the 2023 class with “profoundly articulate women” and “articulate Black artists, “ as he drew cheers to them.
Missy Elliott, who became the first female hip hop artist in the rock hall, was introduced by Queen Latifah.
“Nothing sounded the same after Missy came onto the scene,” Latifah said. “She is avant garde without even trying.”
Elliott, in a sparkling bucket hat, who had her mother in attendance, noted hip-hop’s anniversary, 50 years after its birth in New York.
“To be standing here, it means so much to me,” she expressed her deep gratitude for being there and sharing the room with her fellow inductees, “I’m honored just to be in a room with you all.”