The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame unveiled its 2023 class on Wednesday morning. The performer category includes Missy Elliott, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Kate Bush, Rage Against The Machine, George Michael, and The Spinners.
Bush was “completely shocked,” Missy “cried all morning,” and Nelson was “honored.”
Crow received celebratory cupcakes from “the best kids in the world,” and she was featured in a video shared by the Rock Hall shortly after the announcement.
“I’m already thinking of all the people that I need to thank whose shoulders I have stood upon, from Eric Clapton to clearly Stevie Nicks and Linda Ronstadt. Bonnie Raitt, who was one of the first people I ever saw — a woman playing a guitar. Were it not for her, I wouldn’t be … out there rocking with a guitar,” she said in the video. She also referenced Elton John, but acknowledged she couldn’t possibly single out everyone who helped get her to this point.
However, Nicks took the time to type out an open letter to Crow on Instagram:
“My Dearest Sheryl ~
Yes, you can call me psychic ~ I have been listening to Sheryl Crow radio on Pandora for the last 4 days ~ so many of our memories came flooding back~ And so my friend — Congratulations, Miz Crow for your upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame~ I am so proud of you~ It’s a very elite club for us women. I found out at 4 o’clock this morning and had to dance around my room for you. See you on the road! Love you, Stevie”
Crow commented, “If it were not for you, Stevie Nicks, there would be no me. You inspire me and you make me want to inspire others. I love you and I’m blessed to know you.”
As relayed by Variety, this year’s honorees “will be celebrated in an induction ceremony and concert to take place November 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. A media partner is expected to be named soon, since the hall’s contract with HBO has expired.”
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