The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame recognizes artists who have contributed prolific work to music and society. This years’s nominees include icon Nina Simone whose unapologetic stature and undeniable talent provided a soundtrack for the civil rights movement and beyond.
Musicians are eligible to be nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album, making 1992 this year’s magic number. Nina Simone however has a career dating back to the 1950’s.
Nicknamed “The High Priestess Of Soul” Nina Simone’s career spans more than 4 decades, recording her”final album “A Single Woman” in 1993. Some of Nina Simone’s most notable songs include “(To Be) Young Gifted and Black”, “I Put A Spell On You” and “Mississippi Goddam”.
Beyond her dynamic musical talent, Nina Simone’s accolades extend to her work as an activist in the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement. Nina Simone made statements against anti-black, and racist practices as an artist. She also became a prolific speaker, vocalizing her powerful messages during civil rights meetings and marches.
Nina Simone’s legendary life serves as influential to several iconic artists including Kanye West, John Legend and Alicia Keys. Her nomination to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame is well past due. Others nominated for induction in 2018 include Radiohead, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and LL Cool J.
According to CNN, the voting committee consists of more than 900 artists, historians and members of the music industry across the globe. Fans can also visit rockhall.com/vote to cast a vote for who they believe most deserves this prestigious honor.