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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame reveals the class of 2024

Superstar acts in R&B and hip-hop to be inducted
Mary j. Blige
Mary J. Blige (Photo credit: Bang media)

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has recently announced the inductees for the class of 2024. The following are the names of the individuals or groups who are to be included in this monumental accomplishment: Mary J. Blige, A Tribe Called Quest, Kool & The Gang, Dionne Warwick, Norman Whitfield, Suzanne de Passe, Big Mama Thornton, Jimmy Buffet, Cher, Dave Matthews Band, Foreigner, Peter Hampton, Alexis Korner, John Mayall, MC5, and Ozzy Osbourne.

The late Andre Harrell named Mary J. Blige the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul. In 1992, she released her debut album, What’s The 411? She has won nine Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, four American Music Awards, 12 NAACP Image Awards, and 12 Billboard Music Awards. Her accomplishments include the Billboard Icon Award, the Legends Award at the World Music Awards, and the Voice of Music Award from ASCAP.

Dionne Warwick has been a prominent figure in the music industry for over six decades. Between 1955 and 1999, Warwick was one of the most charted female artists of the rock era. Warwick has received numerous awards for her contributions to music, including six Grammys. She was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame, and the Apollo Theater Walk of Fame. In 2019, she was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kool & The Gang is an R&B, soul, and funk group. The founding members were Robert Bell, Ronald Bell, Dennis Thomas, Robert Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown, Woodrow Sparrow, and Ricky Westfield. The Group has won two Grammys and multiple American Music Awards. It was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Norman Whitfield was a songwriter and producer who worked with Berry Gordy and Motown Records. Established as one of the songwriters who helped create the iconic Motown sound. Some of his most famous songs include “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me),” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.”

Suzanne de Passe is a producer in the television, music, and film industries. She convinced Berry Gordy to sign the Jackson 5 with Motown Records and produced The Temptations, The Jacksons: The American Dream, and Lady Sings the Blues films.

Big Mama Thornton was a talented musician specializing in the blues and R&B genres of music. According to Wikipedia, Big Mama Thornton was the first artist to record the song “Hound Dog,” written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. However, in 1956, Elvis Presley recorded the song. The song was the most successful one for Thornton.

A Tribe Called Quest burst onto the music scene in 1985 with its unique blend of hip-hop and jazz. The Group comprises four members: Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White. They released six albums, all of which went platinum or gold.

The 39th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland on October 19. The event will officially honor the inductees and stream live on Disney Plus. The 2024 induction ceremony will also be broadcast on ABC and can be streamed on Hulu the following day.

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