Tupac Joins Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2017 Class

Tupac Shakur has officially become the sixth hip-hop act, and first solo hip-hop artist, to be granted Rock & Roll Hall of Fame status.

The late rapper was among the list of 2017 inductees, which also includes Pearl Jam and Journey. The honorees were selected from the 19 nominees that were announced in October. Of those 19, 6 were black- Tupac, Janet Jackson and Chaka Khan, Bad Brains, Chic, and Joe Tex. Nile Rodgers was selected as the year’s recipient for the Award for Musical Excellence. As a hip-hop artist in the Hall of Fame, Pac will join the likes of N.W.A, Run-DMC, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first recording. The process to choose the winners is multi-tier one: first the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Performer Inductees were chosen by more than 900 voters, as well as the aggregate results of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s online fan vote; then, the top five artists from the fan vote comprised the Fans’ Ballot that was tallied alongside the other ballots to determine the 2017 Inductees.

The four winners from this year’s Fans’ Ballot were Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, and Yes.

The 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Take a look at the full Rock Hall Class of 2017 roster below:

Performer Category:

• Joan Baez

• Electric Light Orchestra

• Journey

• Pearl Jam

• Tupac Shakur

• Yes

Award for Musical Excellence:

• Nile Rodgers

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