Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announce final inductees: Tupac, Yes, Pearl Jam and more

Ceremony will take place next April

Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Yes, Journey, the Electric Light Orchestra and Joan Baez are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

The Hall Of Fame was launched in 1983 and annually inducts bands and artists pivotal to alternative music and culture.

Last year saw NWA, Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple and Steve Miller all inducted. NWA’s induction proved controversial in some circles with Kiss frontman Gene Simmons hitting out at the decision to induct a rap act.

The longlist of 2017 nominees this year also included Chic, Depeche Mode, Jane’s Addiction, Janet Jackson, Kraftwerk and MC5 before they were cut down to the final inductees.

“What an honour this is for us and all involved with the history of this band,” said Yes guitarist Steve Howe. “We thank all the Yes fans who have been so passionate over the decades, and helped us to keep the flag flying. It is the fans who have constantly demanded our inclusion. They have been heard.”

“We look forward to accepting this esteemed award next spring in honour of our fallen brother, Chris Squire, who would have been delighted to see his musical vision finally receive such recognition,” added drummer Alan White.

“We thank everyone who voted for Yes. We’ll see you soon, Cleveland!”

Members of the band who will officially be inducted into the Rock Hall are current members White and Howe, the band’s late bassist and founding member Chris Squire, and former members Jon Anderson (vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), Tony Kaye (keyboards), Rick Wakeman (keyboards) and Trevor Rabin (guitar).

Nile Rodgers, meanwhile, will receive an Award for Musical Excellence.

Next year’s ceremony will take place on April 7.

At last year’s Hall Of Fame ceremony, NWA’s MC Ren responded to Gene Simmons’ backlash by saying “I want to say to Mr. Gene Simmons that hip-hop is here forever. We’re supposed to be here.”

Ice Cube later added: “The question is, ‘Are we rock and roll? And I say you goddamn right we rock ‘n’ roll. Rock and roll is not an instrument. It’s not even a style of music. It’s a spirit that’s been going on since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, heavy metal, punk rock, and yes, hip-hop.”

Simmons responded by tweeting: “Respectfully let me know when @JimiHendrix gets into the Hip Hop Hall Of Fame. Then you’ll have a point.”