Texas treasure Willie Nelson to be inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2023
On the heels of celebrating his 90th birthday, Willie Nelson received a belated birthday present: The legendary country music singer will join the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame later this year.
The announcement was streamed on Apple Music 1 during a one-hour special with hosts Ebro Darden, Rebecca Judd, Matt Wilkinson, Brooke Reese, and Kelleigh Bannen with special guests Sheryl Crow and Bernie Taupin.
“This year’s incredible group of Inductees reflects the diverse artists and sounds that define rock & roll,” said John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation in a release. “We are honored that this November’s Induction Ceremony in New York will coincide with two milestones in music culture; the 90th birthday of Willie Nelson and the 50th Anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop.”
Taking place on Friday, November 3 (a few months after Nelson plays a show in Dallas and receives a prestigious honor in Austin), at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, this year's installment will be the 38th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The induction categories include:
- Performers: Artists who have created music whose originality, impact, and influence has changed the course of rock & roll.
- Musical Influence Award: Artists whose music and performance style have directly influenced, inspired, and evolved rock & roll and music impacting youth culture.
- Musical Excellence Award: Given to artists, musicians, songwriters, and producers whose originality and influence creating music have had a dramatic impact on music.
- Ahmet Ertegun Award: Non-performing industry professionals who have had a major influence on the creative development and growth of rock & roll and music that has impacted youth culture.
- Kate Bush
- Sheryl Crow
- Missy Elliott
- George Michael
- Willie Nelson
- Rage Against the Machine
- The Spinners
Musical Influence Award
- DJ Kool Herc
- Link Wray
Musical Excellence Award
- Chaka Khan
- Al Kooper
- Bernie Taupin
Ahmet Ertegun Award
- Don Cornelius