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2023 Rock Hall inductees include Kate Bush, Willie Nelson and Missy Elliott

Willie Nelson performs in concert during The Luck Banquet on March 13, 2019 in Luck, Texas.
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Willie Nelson performs in concert during The Luck Banquet on March 13, 2019 in Luck, Texas.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2023 class of inductees on Wednesday, with seven performers being awarded the distinction out of the original 14 nominees announced back in February. The class reflects a wide-range of artists across genres, from country and rock singer-songwriters like Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow, to the late, soulful pop star George Michael and quintessential soul vocal group The Spinners.

The rock band Rage Against the Machine, previously nominated four times, is also in the 2023 class. And Kate Bush, whose eclectic, literary '80s hits experienced a resurgence last year strong enough to break a 40-year old track into the top 10 of Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, will also be inducted.

Over the last decade, the Hall's definitions of "rock and roll" have widened considerably to incorporate artists working within the legacy of rhythm and blues, country and gospel (sometimes to the befuddlement or chagrin of artists who protest their own inclusion.) The inclusion of rapper and futurist Missy Elliott in this year's class of inductees best indicates the changing spirit and future of the Hall. Elliott, Michael, Crow and Nelson are among the artists inducted this year who are joining the Hall after just one nomination on the ballot.

In addition to the seven acts inducted in the "performers" category, guitarist Link Wray and hip-hop innovator DJ Kool Herc will be recognized in the Hall's "musical influences" category. Al Kooper, Bernie Taupin and Chaka Khan will be given awards for "musical excellence" and Soul Train creator, producer and host Don Cornelius will be given the Ahmet Ertegun awards, handed out since 2020 to an influential figure in the industry.

The induction ceremony for the 2023 class will be held on Friday, Nov. 3 in Brooklyn.

Kate Bush

English singer-songwriter and musician Kate Bush at her family's home in East Wickham, London, 26th September 1978.
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English singer-songwriter and musician Kate Bush at her family's home in East Wickham, London, 26th September 1978.

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow performing on <em>The Late Late Show</em> with James Corden on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.
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Sheryl Crow performing on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott performs at the 2018 Essence Music Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Missy Elliott performs at the 2018 Essence Music Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

George Michael

George Michael of WHAM! on October 01, 1983.
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George Michael of WHAM! on October 01, 1983.

Willie Nelson

Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine — from left to right: Zack de la Rocha, Brad Wilk, Tim Commerford and Tom Morello — in Brussels, Belgium, on June 2, 1993.
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Rage Against the Machine — from left to right: Zack de la Rocha, Brad Wilk, Tim Commerford and Tom Morello — in Brussels, Belgium, on June 2, 1993.

The Spinners

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Detroit Spinners perform on stage at Hammersmith Odeon, London, on January 1, 1976.
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Detroit Spinners perform on stage at Hammersmith Odeon, London, on January 1, 1976.

Grace Widyatmadja
Grace Widyatmadja is a photo editing intern working with NPR's visuals desk and Goats & Soda.
Hazel Cills
Hazel Cills is an editor at NPR Music, where she edits breaking music news, reviews, essays and interviews. Before coming to NPR in 2021, Hazel was a culture reporter at Jezebel, where she wrote about music and popular culture. She was also a writer for MTV News and a founding staff writer for the teen publication Rookie magazine.