The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 2018 inductees were announced recently, and include: Bon Jovi, The Cars, The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Nina Simone.
This is the first time Simone was nominated, despite being eligible for induction since 1986.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, however, might not understand Simone's commitment to calling out inequality, sexism, and Western standards of beauty. Its description of the singer is below:
Nina Simone’s unapologetic rage and accusatory voice named names and took no prisoners in the African-American struggle for equality in the early 1960s. Her triumphant voice sang what it meant to be young, gifted and Black in a sometimes unjust and troubled world.
Isha Aran at Splinter argues that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is undermining Simone while celebrating her with that description. The terms "unapologetic rage" and "accusatory voice" imply that Simone's confrontation of racial injustice in America, in songs like "Mississippi Goddamn" and "Pirate Jenny," are unfounded, according to Aran.
While Simone will receive the traditional induction treatment, Sister Rosetta Tharpe will join pioneers like Robert Johnson, Mahalia Jackson, Bessie Smith, and Howlin’ Wolf as an Early Influencer.
The 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Cleveland.