Iron Maiden Snubbed By Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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Back in February, we revealed this year’s nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, among them metal legends Iron Maiden and rap-rock upstarts Rage Against The Machine. Now, the Cleveland-based organization has revealed its class of 2021 — and surprise surprise, both of those bands got totally fucked!

As reported by Consequence of Sound, this year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees will be Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, The Go-Go’s, Tina Turner, Carole King, and Todd Rundgren, none of whom have ever performed “Aces High” to hundreds of thousands of screaming Brazilians. Meanwhile, the one bone tossed to metalheads will be the Musical Excellence Award being given to legendary Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads, alongside LL Cool J and Billy Preston.

Here, for the record, is the complete list of nominees, with inductees highlighted:

Iron Maiden
Foo Fighters
Rage Against the Machine
Mary J. Blige
Kate Bush
The Go-Go’s
Chaka Khan
Carole King
Fela Kuti
LL Cool J
New York Dolls
Todd Rundgren
Tina Turner
Dionne Warwick

From all of us here at The Pit, I think it’s safe to say, what the ever-loving fuck, you guys? Did your brains flee Cleveland when LeBron James did? We’re not saying any of these choices are unfair or stupid — obviously the Foo Fighters are one of the biggest rock acts in history, the fact that it took this long to induct Tina Turner is on you, and any metalhead worth their salt will always uphold the satanic might of Carole King — but the lack of Iron Maiden is both a shame and a travesty. God forbid you guys induct an artist based on how much fun they are to see live and listen to.

Anyway, this year’s induction ceremony will take place at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio on October 30th. Fans can hear it live on SiriusXM, or watch it on HBO and HBO Max at a later date. If you feel like doing that without Maiden involved.


Words by Chris Krovatin