Kiss Singer Gene Simmons Complains About Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inducting Hip Hop Artists

Simmons says "if you don't play guitar and you don't write your own songs, you don't belong there."

In an interview with, Gene Simmons, singer and guitarist for the Rock band Kiss, complained about the induction of Hip Hop artists like Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and Run-DMC into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Simmons, who as a member of Kiss’ original outfit was recently inducted into the Hall, detailed his opinion that “if you don’t play guitar and you don’t write your own songs, you don’t belong there.” Downplaying his own induction, Simmons described the honor as “diluted.” “I have no beef with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” he said. “You go on with your bad self and get more Disco artists...A long time ago it was diluted. It’s really backroom politics, like Boss Tweed. A few people decide what’s in and what’s not. And the masses just scratch their heads. You’ve got Grandmaster Flash in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Run-DMC in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? You’re killing me! That doesn’t mean those aren’t good artists. But they don’t play guitar. They sample and they talk. Not even sing!”

Answering a separate question about the 2013 induction of the late singer Donna Summer, Simmons returned to his critique of the selection committee. “Donna was my next door neighbor for many years, I knew and liked her, she was on my [1978] solo record,” Simmons said. “But if you asked Donna, ‘What kind of artist are you?’ do you think she would say 'Rock?’ If you asked Madonna, ‘What kind of artist are you?’ do you think she would say, ‘Oh, Rock!’ So what they hell are they doing in the Hall of Fame? They can run their organization any way they’d like, but it ain’t Rock! It just isn’t! If you don’t play guitar and you don’t write your own songs, you don’t belong there.”

In the same interview, Simmons described his dissatisfaction with the selection committee’s decision to induct only the original members of his own band, overlooking both a guitar player and drummer in the current lineup. As a result, Simmons and Kiss have decided not to perform at the ceremony scheduled for April 10 at the Barclay’s Center in New York City.

In 2007, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were inducted into the Hall of Fame as the first Hip Hop artists to receive the honors. According to the Hall’s website, Flash called the induction “a wonderful feeling.” “This is bigger than me,” he said. “This induction is total acceptance from one of the most prestigious music associations in the world…It’s a wonderful feeling to be remembered [sic] the architects that pioneered an idea that the whole world fell in love with. It is called Hip Hop.” Since Grandmaster Flash in 2007, Eminem presented the Hollis, Queens group Run-DMC with their induction honors in 2009. In 2012, the Beastie Boys were honored similarly as inductees. Most recently, Public Enemy was inducted as a part of the 2013 ceremony.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Chuck D described his reaction to the group's 2013 induction. “It’s amazing to get the induction into the hall of fame now, given we never won a Grammy, never had a Rolling Stone magazine cover, and never had a Billboard top 10 single,” he said. “All the things that define success today, we never had. We had the influence, but not the awards to go with it. That speaks volumes about why you have to just do your thing and not worry about the other stuff. It comes when it comes.’’

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  • Idiots

    "Gene Simmons, singer and guitarist" Bass....

  • AbeRam

    Maybe he doesn't play an instrument, but Chuck D is by far a better writer than Gene Simmons

  • khal

    Rappers r not musicians, they only make a beat n talk to it, rock n roll is the real deal

    • um

      hey "real" i agree with everything you said except when you brought up race SMH, stop bringing race up in music, it aint about that and you know dis. WAKE UP PEOPLE

    • real

      Thats is dumb ass hell. 1st most Rock acts cant sing. Turn tables and considerd an instrument. A persons voice is considerd an instrument. Writing poetry and putting it to music is not simply talking. White people who dont understand the genre alwasy say that bs

  • dam

    damn, dis white boi gonna fuck around and catch a bullet, fiddy and pusha aint gonna be happy wen i tell them about dis...

  • pulse

    Gene Simmons is mostly right. There are many artists who perform songs written by others... However, they PLAY their OWN instruments.... most hip hop/rap doesn't have any instruments beyond a voice over track, turntable or a mixer... making them PERFORMERS, not musicians. i bet that most hip hop/rap people can't READ sheet Music much less play it. No, they have no place in the ROCK n ROLL Hall of Fame.

  • Anonnymous

    "Sorry dude, KISS is far from wack. You obviously don't know to much about Rock music" Exactly, which is why I'm on Hip Hop DX, not Rock N Roll DX. Fuck off, suburban white child.

  • JayDubb

    Gene makes so much money off licensing 5000 KISS products, he's lost touch! In a lot of ways HIP HOP is a part of the new ROCK 'n ROLL, with GUNS 'n ROSES' AXL ROSE wearing N.W.A caps onstage, Anthrax collaborating with ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME members Public Enemyt, & alltime great producer RICK RUBIN bringing Aerosmith & Run-DMC together! WHO says Hip Hop artists 'don't write their own songs'?! Just because one might 'sample' from time to time? Gene, get with it! HIP HOP is part of ROCK 'n ROLL & POP Culture! INDIE POWER!

  • lol

    gene simmons is the bass player retard

  • Anonymous

    While he has a point, in this day and age with artists from different genres collaborating, it only makes sense to induct rappers into the r&r hall of fame. It's not a big deal, and doesn't take any shine away from Simmons. He needs to chill out.

  • alex

    easy....hip hop hall of fame,"rock and roll" hall of fame,mariachi hall of fame,country hall of fame jajaja...fuck this fake ugly "rockstar"

  • Anonymous

    I agree with gene he had a point a valid point That's it. If you guys have a problem with it your just tripping. If it's that much a big deal start a hip hop hall of fame.

  • People Don't like honesty

    I'm a black man from Louisiana and I love Gene Simmons even though I don't know any of his music. I used to watch his reality show and he's a real good dude who speaks the truth. He is not a racist and this time it isn't about race.

    • LOL

      I agree totally this is not about race at all, this is simple sorting out which genre of music belongs in the fame, I mean if it was a race issue we would not have not jimi hendrix and chuck berry in the hall of fame, I am white and hendrix is my fav artist and love chuck berry. I think if we want to expand the induction of different styles of music we need to call it something like the music hall of fame, cause rock n roll itself is a whole different lifestyle and genre just like hiphop, disco, they are so unique to the culture in there own right, I mean the birth story of hiphop is great and brought us some amazing groups like beastie boys, run dmc, tribal called quest, epmd, eric b and rakim, kool g rap and polo.

    • Anonymous

      How the fuck u love a nigga and u don't even know any of his music

    • Anonymous

      I agree this is not a race issue, the problem is that his comment unfairly singles out hip hop artists (and yes, I know he mentioned Madonna and Donna Summers but he doesn't go as far as to say they don't belong in the RRHoF) when there are already soul, reggae, and disco artists that didn't make "rock music" and are in the hall of fame.

  • Anonymous

    Gene hates black people. So he says Hendrix is not allowed, cause he is black?

    • LOL

      If he made a comment about Hendrix, I am white myself and if he did make a comment about hendrix that would just be reatrd on his behalf, hendrix did more to the rock n roll than he ever could, hendrix could play his guitar as fast as simmons could flick that tongue back and forth.

    • Black King

      He never said anything about Hendrix. Stick to the truth and fight the real racist not Gene Simmons.

  • RiQ

    Then Fats Domino and Howlin Wolf and Legendary Mr John Lee Hooker better be there then..bcuz like most things they saw they liked they conquered!!! I think they screwed up when naming it...should MUSIC HALL OF FAME...rite? Go listen to house rent boogie! Thats soul roll!!! JUST HIT ME TOO listen to Legendary Muddy Waters...Mannish Boy...All remixed by the likes of Elvis, Beatles, and more!

    • LOL

      John Lennon was influenced so strongly by chuck berry he would say it time after time, rock n roll was founded by african americans and started by them, it is a beautiful music with no colour but at the end of the day it is not hiphop.

  • Anonymus

    Krafterk, Blondie, Duke Bootee,and malcolm mclaren would have to be in the HHHOF whenever it happens.

  • lol-ly pop

    "Shaq: Seeing that Rock N Roll started in the African American community, why is Gene Simmons apart of it?" Best comment on this article. lol

    • Khalid Muhammad's Spirit

      ^^ LMAO naive ass white person. Fuck off this site forever.

    • Anonymous

      That's Fucking related that'd like saying "since the video game hall if fame was started by white people only white people should be in it" I k ow That's not a real thing but you get the point. You have flawed logic. What he is saying is true and simple you guys just like taking shit to serious

  • EarthToneDaProducer

    I agree, Rap is NOT Rock N Roll, and vice versa...

  • rock music is real and hiphop is fake

    He is fucking right. Hiphop producers have been now sampling or stealing beats from others artists for 30 years. Rappers use concepts from other artists to create songs. Hiphop music is not creative at all and very negative rappers who have beef with eachother about the most stupid things, rappers who lye about being a pimp or gangsta. Hiphop is music for frstrated teenager who think that 502 Cent was the Pablo Escobar of Queens and Nas was the Tony Montana from Queens. Rap is simple negative music thats why artist like pharell and kanye go pop.

    • chris

      everyone knows kanye loves hip hop and pharrell was just on a song called move that dope lol. they go pop because that's what white kids like you and your big sister spend money on and because it's music, you can do what you want. you're dismissed little billy. it's time for your lunchables now. one day you''ll grow up and experience the world, son.

    • Anonymous

      Pharrell went pop, because he can't rap, fucking moron. Also Yeezus was industrial hip hop. How is that pop? Don't get me wrong, it sucked, but far from pop

    • ^ Hiphop fan

      Then why are you on this site? lol

  • Anonymous

    ROCK N ROLL=more than just the genre of rock. Sex, Drugs, and Rock N Roll.

  • Steven

    Lord Jamar doesnt want whites in hiphop, and Gene Simmons doesnt want rappers in rock n roll. I guess we're even now

  • Anonymous

    Yeah make the Hip Hop hall of fame so y'all dummies can put Gucci man in it lol

  • Anonymous

    I mean it is the rock and roll hall of fame not hip hop hall of fame

    • fuck


    • Anonymous

      So the Bee Gees made rock and roll music? Sam Cooke? Bob Marley? If this is a matter of semantics, then your argument should be that the Rock and Roll Hame of Fame should actually be called the Hall of Fame for Musical Groups that Play Traditionally Accepted Instruments, otherwise he is unfairly singling out hip hop and trying to discredit the talent involved.

  • chad

    I agree with him actually. He's not saying hip hop sucks, hes just saying that this is the rock n roll hall of fame, and hip hop isnt rock n roll. Hip hop needs its own hall of fame.

  • Anonymus

    Too bad he doesn't run the RRHOF so fuck him. At one point they (RRHOF) would've agreed with Gene Simmons but hip hop doesn't need acceptance from the Rock community anymore (never really did), THEY need hip hop. Do you think Public Enemy got in there because that was their goal? Hell no, Run DMC maybe, well you saw the King of Rock video.

  • Black People need to wake up

    Instead of trying to ride on the front seat in their bus, black people should be trying to have a bus of their own.

  • Bobyahed2dis

    If there's ever a hip hop hall of fame, it should be put in the official birthplace of rap aka. Hollygrove New Orleans.

  • Anonymus

    Madonna can't sing or play guitar either lol.

  • Hype the Living Tribunal

    side note- I skimmed through part of Gene's autobiography (circa 2006), and there's an anecdote about the initial auditions for Kiss. Gene prefaced this by mentioning his youth in summer camps, he would "always seek out the black kids" for bunkmates/buddies for the coolness & 'minority connection'. Fast-forward to the Kiss auditions in NYC, he mentions that the "absolute best" guitar audition was from a black guy; but then Gene broke it to the guy that despite his monster riffs, the visual image/concepts that he and Paul planned for Kiss had no room for an African American; Gene says the guy took it awfully well, even offering that the Temptations "might not have taken in a white guy".

  • PATHH88

    I CANNOT STAND KISS MUSIC, THEY ARE GARBAGE AMERICAN COCK ROCK BUT I GOTTA AGREE WITH HIM 100% BUT CHECK HIS HAIR OUT LMFAO It is not Rock N Roll so how can you be inducted into it, 99.9% of rappers do not play instruments or make their music- they just rhyme over beats that they have paid someone else to make... Beastie Boys I can accept cos they did play instruments and made both rock n roll and hip hop/fusing them together and inspiring a whole host of newer metal/rock bands eg Linkin Park, RATM to name but 2...and i know Run DMC prolly inspired but they didnt play instruments and they only made Hip Hop..

  • Travis

    I agree with him!!!! Nothing to do with race but it is the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. You wouldn't want Kiss to be inducted into the Hip Hop Hall of Fame, maybe Aerosmith for working with Run DMC but not Kiss.

  • Anonymous

    so the roots should get in with no problem

  • Anonymous

    This is exactly why there should be a Hip Hop HOF and a specific category for Hip Hop artists at the Grammys.

  • slim

    i see alot of ignorance on here. he isnt talking about race!! he is talking about each genre. open your eyes and read. it doesnt matter who started each genre. its should either be called the music hall of fame, or each genre have its own hall of fame. people play this race card too much smh

  • Anonymous

    I agree with him, though rock is a wack genre in my opinion. Hip Hop doesn't belong there.

  • A-6

    I agree with Simmons (KISS is fucking wack tho). The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is not the Music Hall of Fame. It should be for rock artists.Grandmaster Flash and Run-D.M.C. are not rock! Hip hop deserves its own museum. Let's start a petition for it!

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Simmons (KISS is fucking wack tho). The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is not the Music Hall of Fame. It should be for rock artists. Grandmaster Flash and RunD.M.C. are not rock! Hip hop deserves its own museum. Let's start a petition for it!

  • Anonymous

    "Seeing that Rock N Roll started in the African American community, why is Gene Simmons apart of it?" He most likely studied the originators or studied the artists who studied the originators just like Eminem did with Hiphop music. I agree that African Americans started Rock and Roll but whites appropriated it and it lost a lot of its appeal to us so we created Funk and HipHop music in addition to other musical artforms. Music has always played an important part in the lives of African Americans its deeply woven into the fabric of our culture, we have used music from everything to spiritual purposes to material purposes from spirituals in cotton fields to cyphers on the street corners. Music is a form of expression we wholly embrace and take more serious than other cultures in America. I have no problem with this rocker wanting to keep the RAR HOF an inclusive club of rockers who do amok music, if we had a HipHop Hall of Fame and they wanted to include Gene Simmons I would say fuck no because he is not a HipHopper and hasn't contributed anything whatsoever to the culture of HipHop music. I disagree however with the assumption that if you dont play guitar or write your own songs then you dont belong in the RAR HOF because then you would exclude members of Eock bands who play other instruments such as the Kiss drummer who was overlooked for membership into the RAR HOF.

  • Anonymous

    LOL! This nigga is like a reverse Jord Jamar.

    • Anonymous

      oh cmon' my nigga. im obviously trolling. i mean, why else would i begin my comment with - LOL!?

    • Anonymous

      Are you really that stupid? Lord Jamar simply said keep blatant pro-faggotry out of the culture especially when you are not an Indigenuos member of the culture. Gene Simmmons is simply saying that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should be for Rock musicians and I agree with him.

  • Anonymous

    The white colored guy is right, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should be for Rock musicians and for Rock music. HipHop should have its own Hall of Fame were we honor HipHop artists who make HipHop music and we shouldn't feel compelled to include violin players who make classical music. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should be for Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, LiL Richard and Ike Turner or you can change it to the Music Hall of Fame and include Mozart, Liberace, Bobby Mcferrin and Biz Markie.

  • Charlie

    Yeah, fuck Gene Simmons. Ignorant bastard.

  • Anonymous

    I can't admire or f*ck with anybody that'll pay niggas to torch down a house with his own son sleeping inside. f*ck 50, his moms, his grandma, banks, yayo, mazaradi, his mixtapes or his low budget ass movies.

  • asian hooker anus impaler

    mossad agent, who gives a fuck what the singer of a shit band like kiss thinks. disco fairy, go back to stabbing your family and friends in the back for money shit stain.

  • Joshua Langer

    A lot of people posting as "Anonymous". Lots of pussy ass people ignorant racist simple minded scared people. Anonymous = Pussy ass people.

  • Anonymous

    WHO CARES GENE? I like who I like, fuck awards.

  • Anonymous

    white Lord Jamar. end of discussion.

  • Anonymous

    What about Jimmy Hendrix? Lenny Kravitz? Howard Jones from Killswitch Engage? Corey Glover from In Living Color? William Duvall from Alice in Chains? Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish? They are pop country crap.



  • let's get down to business

    He has a point, but so does Cube... Why can't hip hop have it's own Hall of Fame, instead of waiting like every three or four years for only one rap act to be nominated into the Hall of Rock & Roll Fame!

    • let's get down to business

      Make a hip hop hall of fame to honour the legends you stupid cunt. Today people don't give enough props to Rakim, Big Daddy Kane & LL etc

    • Anonymous

      how about your punk ass realizes the entire hall of fame is just manufactured publicity. that's all awards are. don't buy into the bullshit. you'll start perpetuating it yourself by making a hip hop hall of fame and you wont know why. monkey see monkey do.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    This is the same punk who was smack talking MJ on his bullshit twitter feed. He hates black people. A lot of jewish people got bullied in high school and they're racist now, like Howard Stern.

  • Anonymous

    I'd argue the debate is more "what defines rock'n'roll"? Rap artists almost definitely don't, but I'd argue Gene Simmons' definition is far too specific.

  • Anonymous

    That's really a debate tho. What do we consider people that's on the H.O.F. like Ray Charles, Little Richard and James Brown? They didn't play guitar, but I still wouldn't put 'em anywhere else.

  • Anonymous

    Someone please call Lord Jamar to put this cac on check. Rock N Roll is our house too, homeboi.

  • SayWhat

    See: Mos Def - Rock N Roll "Fuck is on your mind?!"

  • Anonymous

    So what category is he gonna put Wyclef in he sings he writes he plays the guitar

  • Anonymous

    Elton John anyone? definitely rock, but doesn't play guitar... That being said, there definitely needs to be like a Hall of Fame for different music genres (the Donna Summer point is a good example).

  • Real Black King

    I agree with Mr. Simmons on the inductions of rappers in the "rock n roll hall of fame". We need our own Rap Hall of Fame end of discussion.

  • Sal Monella

    If there ever is a legitimate, official Hip-Hop hall of fame it should be in the South Bronx, point blank. Canton, Ohio is supposedly where Football is from, Springfield, Mass is where Basketball is from and Cooperstown, N.Y. is supposedly where Baseball was created (though Cooperstown is def a farce lol). So with out a doubt it gotta be in the South Boogie, the birth place of this thing we call Hip-Hop!! Ask Afrika Bambaataa!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Reading the title, I was about to go in on him. But he us right. I am a hip hop fan and why the fuck would I want to visit the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame museum when I don't give a flying fuck about any of the rock artists. Hip Hop needs a hall of fame in a neutral place because West Coast/South wouldn't represent East Coast properly and vice versa.

  • Anonymous

    Jam Master Jay was ranked No. 10 on Spin's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"...

  • Anonymous

    Lil's Wayne's Prom Queen and other songs from rebirth prove this washed up singer otherwise.

    • Anonymous

      First of all Wayne did not successfully make it to rock. Second he isn't the "First" black person to successfully make it into rock. What about Jimmy Hendrix? Lenny Kravitz? Howard Jones from Killswitch Engage? Corey Glover from In Living Color? William Duvall from Alice in Chains? Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish? Lil Wayne doesn't even register next to these guys.

    • Anonymous

      Wayne is the first black person to make it successfully to rock.

    • Anonymous

      Nigga please! Gene has more talent in his finger than Wayne does in his whole body. And Rebirth was terrible.

  • fuck kiss

    This jew sucks dick

  • Sincere's Belly

    I don't understand how any Hip Hop artist would want to be apart of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or care to receive a Grammy award. These committees don't represent Hip Hop appropriately. Why aren't powerhouses like Russell Simmons, Diddy, etc putting their money and ideas together to solidify Hip Hop acts with "Hall of Fame" acknowledgements? Idk man. I love my people tho!

  • Shaq

    Seeing that Rock N Roll started in the African American community, why is Gene Simmons apart of it?

    • @Shaq

      Chuuuuuuuuuuuch, thank God somebody spoke on this.

    • Fry

      When did he say black people shouldn't be in the H.O.F.? Are you assuming that he assumes all rappers are black? Why did you bring race into this you dickhead?

    • Anonymous

      You're the readers that continue to make sure Lord Jamar articles thrive on this site. Not one mention of race in the whole article and you wanna immediately make it a race issue. Every genre is based off either Jazz or negro spirituals. So every white person in music is some way a part of the culture. However many white artists allowed genres to grow and expand as well as black artists. Music is a universal language that any race, sexuality or gender can enjoy. So keep you're ignorant bigotry off the site making racial comments on an article that has no mention of race

    • Anonymous

      AMEN. muh-fuckas act like they invented everything whenin fact they stole most everything and sapped the heart and soul rightout of it

  • ...and who really cares?

    Its just a stupid tv show not a reall hall of fame like they have for baseball, football, basketball

    • No shit

      I know it's a building I mean it's not a real honor or achievement like nobody really cares but in sports your forever know as hall of famer such n such. Rock and roll hall of fame FOH

    • Anonymous

      No it's a real hall of fame with a building, exhibits and the whole nine yards...

  • Anonymous

    I feel him to a point. Its more like why is the ROck and Roll Hall of Fame recognized as the "Music" hall of fame. We should have a hip Hop Hall of Fame. That really makes sense.

  • I fucks with hip hop n rock heavy

    He right why would u even wanna be in the rock n roll hall of fame if u a hip hop act.If there was a hip hop HOF id be mad as fuck if they let in sum gay ass dance trance music act I wont even have that shit on my computer or played when im around



  • Kanye West

    What has Gene Simmons done for the culture? Look, if College Dropout came out 20 years earlier, I would have been the first inductee of the Rock & Roll hall of fame. Rappers are the new rock stars, and I'm the biggest of em all. I'm the number one Rock Star on the planet.

  • Pat

    We need the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame...

  • willi

    Right on. Name one rap song that will endure for years like Stairway to Heaven, Sweet Home Alabama, or Rock and Roll All Nite. Rap, albeit 1 that won't go away, is a social trend like a style of clothes or slang or a dance move. It's enjoyed mostly by people who are only concerned with its relevance to how many other people like it. Let's wait and see in 20 years how many of these fans will be in their car singing lil boosie songs.

    • willi

      'Juicy'. lol. I forgot all about that classic. And to the genius asking why I'm on a hip hop site, Google News posts multiple articles that you can click on and be magically transferred to the source of the article. Check it out. Believe me, I'd rather be reading The Notebook while sitting in a dentist's chair having multiple root canals and my feet hobbled than browse a hip hop site. And I think using proper English in my comments while on this site is messing up my laptop. I aint buggin bout dat Sal.

    • Anonymous

      "Lose Yourself" is still one of the most popular songs to this day.

    • Anonymous

      "Juicy", "Big Poppa", "Nuthin' But A G-Thang" "California Love"... All roughly 20 years old, all still enduring...

    • Anonymous

      Lol why are you on a hip-hop site then?

    • Anonymous

      you sound subjective and dumb as fuck. go sit down.

    • Sal Monella

      B.I.G.'s Juicy will live forever. Besides that, Hip-Hop is a way newer art form then Rock, it was and still is developing and forming. Many teenagers today r ingesting it at a way higher rate than any other music. So though I see where u r coming from with it, that kind of thinking is somewhat short-sighted and limited my friend. And if you consider Lil Boosie a Hip-Hop act ur buggin and dont even deserve to be in any conversation about a Hip-Hop Hall of Fame smh. There is RAP and there is HIP-HOP. Just cuz u rap don't make u an MC.

    • Anonymous

      ice ice baby

    • Word

      I still listen to "rap" from 20 years ago but back then we called it hip hop

  • Anonymous

    There need to be a hip hop hall of fame straight up. Be sure to checkout thegrandreport, they have some good hip hop and viral videos on there

  • JoJo

    He's said what I've always thought. All the non-rock artists should not be there, especially the rap performers. Same thing when it comes to crap like the Latin Grammy awards. Guys like Marc Anthony shouldn't be allowed in the American Grammys since his people have created a Latin Grammy ceremony. Why even have a Latin Music category in the American Grammy's?

  • 1ove

    There needs to he a hip hop hall of fame. Picture there being a hip hop hall of fame and 25 years later a Justin Bieber gets inducted. You don't think hip hop pioneers would be a lil salty that their arena was letting in pop acts?

  • strangerndroom

    When was the last time you heard Rock & Roll?

  • Anonymous

    it is true. If your hating on this your ignorant

    • Fry

      At least write "ur", that way we can at least assume you're an idiot instead of just putting it out there for us.

  • Anonymous

    It's actually kinda true, hip hop isn't rock & roll. They need to open a hip hop hall of fame.

    • Um u fail

      I like run Dmc but your argument is invalid. Run Dmc didn't play the guitars it was studio musicians so by that logic there studio musicians should be in the hall of fame not run Dmc

    • Fresh88

      "just cuz you rap over a rock sample doesn't make your a rock star you fuckin idiot." - Says the dickhead. Learn to read you stupid fuckface. I said LIVE GUITARS. Original compositions. No Samples.

    • Anonymous

      ^ exactly. a couple songs from a collection doesn't make you suddenly become that genre. Lookup the term fusion music to better understand. Do you seriously consider Mike Carr a rapper?

    • Anonymous

      just cuz you rap over a rock sample doesn't make your a rock star you fuckin idiot

    • Anonymous

      Yeah i think these artists deserve it, but I think he has a point.

    • Fresh88

      Listen to Rock Box, Walk This Way and King of Rock and then come back and talk that uninformed blather. Three examples of multiple classic Run DMC joints utilizing live guitars. GTFO!

  • A.C. Says 10%

    He Ain't Lyin!!......Get Over It!!!

  • Rc

    That's funny aren't all these old, bitter, washed up rock musicians the ones that are beating their chest proclaiming all modern popular music in America today is derived & owes its existence to rock n roll?? Going by that logic I'm gonna go out on a limb and say yea groups like Run-DMC, Public Enemy & The Beastie Boys have earned their keep gene.

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