Tupac Shakur Selected for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017

Tupac Shakur Selected for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced Tuesday [December 19, 2016] that Tupac Shakur was selected for it’s 2017 Class.

The six member class includes Tupac, Pearl Jam, Journey, Joan Baez, Yes and the Electric Light Orchestra.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame only considers performers 25 years after the release of their first single or album. Pac just became eligible this year.  Previous hip-hop inductees includes N.W.A., Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, Run DMC and Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five.

Hall of Fame CEO Joel Peresman believes the 2017 class signifies a broad definition of rock and roll music, according to USA Today. Some fans have criticized performers they consider not part of the genre. Tupac’s nomination along with previous hip-hop inductees drew the same response.

Peresman disagreed and stated, “It’s a broad definition and we consider hip-hop an important part of the whole genre.”

The 32nd annual induction ceremony will take place on April 7th, 2017 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

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