Foo Fighters, Tina Turner and Carole King are among the acts who have shared their reaction to being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Jay-Z, Todd Rundgren, The Go-Go’s, Kraftwerk, Charley Patton, Gil Scott-Heron, LL Cool J, Billy Preston, Clarence Avant and Randy Rhoads were also announced to be added to the prestigious hall of fame.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Foos frontman Dave Grohl said his initial reaction was one of "surprise and, of course, very appreciative".
"I just recently realised it’s been half my life since I’ve been in this band,” he continued. "I feel, in a way, that I’ve almost neglected how much we’ve done in the past 25 years. I think because I’m always working in a forward motion, I don’t spend too much time sitting down and looking back at what we’ve done or reflecting on our past achievements. I just kind of look forward to the next thing. So today has been a bit more reflective than before.”
Dave added that he was also happy for his bandmates, admitting: "I don’t think any of us ever imagined that this would happen."
In February Foo Fighters topped the Official Albums Chart with their latest album Medicine At Midnight, their fifth record to top the chart.
Meanwhile, Tina Turner shared her response on Twitter, posting that she is "absolutely thrilled to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame amongst such amazing artists". In March the icon released a highly acclaimed documentary about her life and career, called Tina.
I wanted to be a songwriter so I could meet all the great artists and they would know who I was. I thought being inducted into the @rockhall as a songwriter with Gerry Goffin was the pinnacle. Until now. Thank you for ALSO inducting me as an artist. And 🙏 to my fans always. https://t.co/O7ue6ibBdj— Carole King (@Carole_King) May 12, 2021
For Carole King, it's her second induction into the Hall of Fame, this time as a performer, following her 1990 addition as a songwriter - the first artist to ever achieve this. She told Billboard finding out the news was a "wow moment", adding on Twitter: "I wanted to be a songwriter so I could meet all the great artists and they would know who I was. I thought being inducted into the [Hall of Fame] as a songwriter with Gerry Goffin was the pinnacle. Until now. Thank you for ALSO inducting me as an artist."
LL Cool J also celebrated the news online, posting on his Instagram: "You can do anything you put your mind to. Thank you." The New York rapper was one of the first hip hop acts to score mainstream in the 1980s; in the UK LL Cool J has landed 17 Top 40 singles including 1997's chart-topping Ain't Nobody.
This year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees will be honoured at a ceremony at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse arena in Cleveland, Ohio on October 30.