Kate Bush may make her first public appearance in a decade thanks to Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction

The British pop legend will be inducted alongside fellow icons such as George Michael and Chaka Khan in the 2023 ceremony.

Kate Bush has reacted to the news that she is (finally) going to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, and hinted that she could make her first public appearance in over a decade at the ceremony. 

The Class of 2023 inductees were announced yesterday (May 3) and included fellow icons such as fellow British pop scion George Michael, American rock band Rage Against The Machine and soul superstar Chaka Khan. Missy Eillott, the genre-bending American rapper and producer, will also become the first-ever female rapper inducted into the Hall of Fame in a landmark moment. 

Bush had previously been nominated for induction three previous times; in 2018, 2021 and 2022. 

In a statement given to Rolling Stone reacting to her induction, Bush said: "I have to admit I’m completely shocked at the news of being inducted into the Hall of Fame! 

MORE: Kate Bush's Official Charts history in full

"It’s something I just never thought would happen. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me. It means a great deal that you would think of me. It’s such a huge honour."

But by far the biggest news from the announcement is Bush's big, big hint that she will be making her first public in a decade to accept the honour in person when the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inducts its new class in New York later this year.

"Now, as part of the initiation ceremony, I get to find out about the secret handshake," she joked. "...there is one, right?"

Of course, Bush's landmark induction comes hot on the heels of a massive 12 months in 2022, which constituted a full-scale chart and public renaissance for the pop marvel's catalogue, thanks to the fourth season of Netflix super-smash Stranger Things heavily featuring 1985 single Running Up That Hill.

Integral to the character arc of Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink's), Stranger Things helped introduce Running Up That Hill, and Kate herself, to a whole new generation. The influx of attention eventually resulted in Running Up That Hill finally climbing to Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart in June - breaking a triple of Official Charts records in the process.

Running Up That Hill - written and produced entirely by Bush herself - was the lead single from her fifth album and magnum opus, Hounds Of Love, and also held the distinction of being crowned the UK's Official Song of the Summer for 2022, as well as one of the Official Top 40 biggest songs of 2022 overall too.

In a very rare public statement posted late last year, Kate Bush admitted she was still "reeling" from the surprise success of Running Up That Hill, which also achieved its highest-ever placing in the US Billboard charts too, netting her her first US Top 10 single.

But questions still remain over whether or not we will ever get any new Kate Bush music. 2024 will mark 10 years since her landmark Before The Dawn live residency in London and despite reports across the last decade that the famous recluse was indeed working on new material, we've yet to have any official confirmation. 

You can read more about Running Up That Hill's journey to chart success in the UK here.

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