The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced that 5 artists from the ballot were included in the Performer Category and one of those people is the talented Nina Simone. This was her first nomination and it gives us all the feels for this singer, pianist, and activist that we admire so much. She is definitely one of our #wcw heroes!
Nina Simone rose to fame in the late 1950s. During the ’60s, Simone had prominent hits in England with “I Put a Spell on You,” “Ain’t Got No-I Got Life/Do What You Gotta Do” and “To Love Somebody,” with the latter penned by Barry and Robin Gibb. And although she called her music “black classical music”, the music industry describes her sound as a mixture of jazz, blues and folk music.
Outside of her successful music career which spanned two decades, including an unexpected surge in the 80s, Nina Simone was well known as an activist dedicated to equality.
Nina Simone was one of the original celebrities that used their platform to raise awareness of social inequality issues in society. By the mid-1960s, Simone was a huge voice in the music world and had became known as the voice of the Civil Rights Movement. She wrote “Mississippi Goddam” in response to the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers and the Birmingham church bombing that killed four young African-American girls.
She also penned “Four Women,” chronicling the complex histories of a quartet of African-American female figures, and “Young, Gifted and Black,” borrowing the title of a play by Lorraine Hansberry, the black lesbian and feminist activist, which became a popular anthem. After the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, Simone’s bassist Greg Taylor penned “Why (The King of Love Is Dead),” which was performed by the singer and her band at the Westbury Music Festival.
Congrats to Nina Simone and all of the Class of 2018 Inductees:
• Bon Jovi
• The Cars
• Dire Straits
• The Moody Blues
• Nina Simone
Award for Early Influence:
• Sister Rosetta Tharpe
The 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Cleveland and will be televised by HBO.