Poet, musician, and author Gil Scott-Heron will become a new inductee to the “Early Influencer” category at the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. It will take place on October 30th at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. The late poet died back in 2011 and his family will represent him at the ceremony.
“We are thrilled by this honor”, said Heron’s son, Rumal Rackley. “The ‘Early Influencer’ category reflects what Gil Scott-Heron’s work has and continues to mean to the music industry since his first album, released back in 1970.”
The artistic blending of his poetry and music played a pivot role in rap. To this day, his music influences Black music in all genres, especially hip-hop. Furthermore, his iconic political protest song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” released in 71′ became an anthem following George Floyd’s murder.
“Gil’s body of work spans 50 years, and the poetic words Gil spoke to promote peace and justice. Are as relevant today as they were back then”, said Rackley.
Gill Scott-Heron made use of his platform to showcase the struggles of racial segregation, combining it with blues. And he created an ambient blend of protest, pain, and melody.
In the Early Influencer Category, Scott-Heron will join inductees Kraftwerk and Charley Patton. Additionally, Tina Turner, Jay- Z, Foo Fighters, Carole King, The Go-Go’s, and Todd Rundgren are nominees in the Performer category. Moreover, LL Cool J is a Musical Excellence Category nominee while Clarence Avant is slated to win the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
The show will air on November 20th on HBO among HBO networks and Sirius XM Radio.