Why did Kate Bush not attend Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2023?

Kate Bush posted a lengthy statement on her website stating that she won't attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2023

By Javeria Shahid November 04, 2023
Kate Bush did not attend Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2023
Kate Bush did not attend Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2023

Kate Bush, who is on the new class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees 2023 did not attend the much anticipated event on Friday, November 3.

However, she shared a statement ahead of the event on her official website clearly stating that she won’t attend the event.

Bush, 65 began, “I am completely blown away by this huge honour – an award that sits in the big beating heart of the American music industry.”

She thanked everyone who voted for her and shared, “I never imagined I would be given this wonderful accolade.”

The English singer-songwriter took the opportunity to thank her fans who voted for her previous track, “Last year was such a surprisingly successful time for my track Running Up That Hill and I’m sure that a lot of you who’ve voted me in to the RRHOF also drove that track up the charts. Thank you!”

She then broke it to the audience, “I’m afraid I won’t be able to attend the ceremony tonight, but for me the real honour is knowing that you felt I deserved it.”

The record producer showed gratitude to the RRHOF for welcoming her into the most extraordinary “rostrum of overwhelming talent.”

“When I was growing up my hero was Elton John. I poured over his music, longed to be able to play piano like him,” she continued, “and longed to write songs that could move people in the way his work moved me.”

The star-strucked singer confessed she never dreamed of "sharing the event tonight with Bernie Taupin, Elton’s writing partner, an incredible lyricist who inspired me to keep writing songs – to keep trying,” and congratulated everyone who had been inducted.

Bush added, “Music is at the core of who I am and, like all musicians, being on the journey of trying to create something musically interesting is rife with feelings of doubt and insecurity.”

“I’m only five foot three, but today I feel a little taller,” The Babooshka hitmaker concluded.