Rage Against the Machine, Iron Maiden Among 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Shortlist

Even the ongoing pandemic couldn’t mitigate some of the fallout from this year’s shortlist announcement for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but if there’s any upside, we have a few great nominees in the hard rock and heavy metal world to root for. Among this year’s list are Rage Against the Machine and Iron Maiden, two very different bands from two very different ends of the rock and roll spectrum.

While this is not RATM’s first time on the shortlist, it is the first time ever that Iron Maiden, arguably the cornerstone of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), have been up for nomination. It’s also worth noting that Foo Fighters are on this year’s shortlist, and if they get the nod, it would make frontman Dave Grohl a two-time inductee.

The full shortlist reads as follows:

Mary J. Blige

Kate Bush


Foo Fighters

The Go-Go’s

Iron Maiden


Chaka Khan

Carole King

Fela Kuti

LL Cool J

New York Dolls

Rage Against the Machine

Todd Rundgren

Tina Turner

Dionne Warwick

From now until the end of April, fans can go to www.rockhall.com and vote once per day on the nominees. The final list of inductees will come out this May, with the induction ceremony happening at the Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH this fall.

Check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s full press release regarding the shortlist here.