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Rock Hall President Denies Discrimination Against Inducting Metal Bands

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2021 was announced this week and included Foo Fighters, The Go-Go's, Jay-Z, Carole King, Todd Rundgren and Tina Turner. Unfortunately both Iron Maiden and Rage Against The Machine didn't make the cut this year, prompting the metal community to be a little miffed.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Greg Harris has since spoken to Audacy about the seemingly outright snub of metal artists, saying that the hall does indeed celebrate metal. It's just that metal artists keep not making the cut.

"It’s an interesting one because we do," said Harris. "We celebrate all forms of Rock & Roll. They were nominated; we nominated Maiden, Judas Priest have been nominated, we put Def Leppard in… Those that are nominated, over 80% of them eventually do get inducted.

"So it’s really a question of, let’s keep nominating them, let’s get ‘em on the ballot, and let’s get it out to the voting body. This ballot had sixteen artists on it… they just can’t all go in."

Iron Maiden received their first nomination in 2021, while Rage Against The Machine was nominated in 2018, 2019, and 2021.

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