Kool & The Gang and Sade nominated for Hall of Fame

Two of soul music's most iconic acts - Kool and The Gang and British group Sade - have for the first time been nominated for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Around five to seven performers are inducted into the prestigious museum in the US state of Ohio each year. To be eligible, they need to have released their first commercial music at least 25 years before they're nominated.

More than 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry will be asked to cast their votes in the coming weeks - but you can also vote for your favourite nominee by clicking here. The 2024 inductees are due to be announced at the end of April.

The Hall of Fame describes Kool and The Gang as "essential innovators of funk, soul, disco and R&B, creating rock and roll’s most danceable anthems". They're also one of the most sampled bands of all time, laying the foundation for music created by hip-hop acts including Tupac and Jay-Z, and have inspired countless soul acts including Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

 

Sade - fronted by Nigerian-born but Essex-raised vocalist Sade Adu - have had a four-decade career blending jazz, soul and R&B. The Hall of Fame says while "the musical landscape around them changed, their music has endured – with their songs of love, life, and loss resonating with listeners on a deeply personal level".

Both Beyoncé and Drake refer to Sade Adu as their muse, and her influence is visible in the work of Lauryn Hill, Maxwell and Adele.

 

You can read all about this year's nominees here.

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