Nigerian afrobeat legend, Fela Anukulapo-Kuti lost out in the race to become an inductee of the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite coming second in the fan vote category with over 500,000 votes.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation on Wednesday, announced Jay-Z, the Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Carole King, Todd Rundgren, and Tina Turner as the new inductees of the 2021 class.
Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s and Jay-Z were on the ballot for the first time this year.
In February 2021, Fela was announced as one of the nominees alongside other veteran stars such as Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, Jay-Z, Chaka Khan, Carole King, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner, and Dionne Warwick.
Before the voting concluded, Fela was sitting comfortably in second just behind Tina Turner and ahead of The Go-Go’s, Todd Rundgren, Carole King, Foo Fighters, and Jay-Z.
According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, to be eligible, artists are required to have released their first record 25 years prior to induction.
Unfortunately the Nigerian iconic singer did not make the list, and Nigerian celebrities as well as fans have been condemning the decision, one of such personalities is Ebuka Obi-Uchendu.
In a Twitter post, the TV host said that despite the result, Fela will always be in the Hall of Fame of Nigerians and fans.
He wrote; ”Fela dey our own Hall of Fame. Ndi ara!”
Fela dey our own Hall of Fame. Ndi ara!
— Ebuka Obi-Uchendu (@Ebuka) May 13, 2021