Janet Jackson Snubbed by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame AgainDecember 17, 2015
Despite topping almost every poll regarding who should be admitted.
The prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their class of 2016 today.
But many of Janet Jackson’s fans were perplexed by her failure to be included among the inductees. The Hall of Fame has elected Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Chicago, Steve Miller, and N.W.A to be added to their roster of stars this year – a list which includes Madonna, Prince and Janet’s brother Michael.
Despite being eligible for a considerable amount of time now, Janet has been ignored year after year, and despite topping the public vote, was not considered for the honor.
Critics of the system cite the fact that Janet has sold over 140 million records and won over 300 awards, including 5 Grammys, but it’s been repeatedly alleged that the Rock and Roll Hall of fame routinely snubs both women and people of color, although this year’s honorees are one of the least white-washed line-ups the program has seen in some time.
The debate continues, but hopefully the discussion surrounding Janet – and other women of color, like the late Whitney Houston – and their place in the institution will secure a more diverse group for 2017.