ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME CEO Defends Exclusion Of Heavy Metal Bands Saying They ‘Celebrate All Forms Of Rock And Roll’

Greg Harris Rock Hall CEO

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame president and CEO Greg Harris joined Audacy host Ryan Castle to talk about the announcement of the 2021 inductees and get his take on what to expect during this year’s ceremony.

When asked about Dee Snider‘s recent comment that the heavy metal genre isn’t respected enough by the Rock And Roll Hall Of FameHarris responded: “It’s an interesting one, because we do. We celebrate all forms of rock and roll. They were nominated, and we’ve nominated [IRONMAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST have been nominated, we put DEF LEPPARD in…

“Those that are nominated, over 80 percent of them eventually do get inducted,” he continued. “So it’s really a question of, let’s keep nominating them, let’s get ’em on the ballot, and let’s get it out to the voting body. Incredible bands, no doubt — truly worthy of nomination, truly worthy of consideration. This ballot had sixteen artists on it… and five would have been terrific. They just can’t all go in. So this year these are the six. And we’re excited to see what next year brings.”

Even though artists are eligible for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single, iconic hard rock and metal groups like MAIDENJUDAS PRIEST and MOTÖRHEAD have yet to be recognized by the institution, which inducted GUNS N’ ROSES in that band’s first year of eligibility.

Bruce Dickinson previously slammed the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, saying that he is “really happy” IRON MAIDEN has not yet been inducted.

Dickinson described Rock Hall as “an utter and complete load of bollocks run by a bunch of sanctimonious bloody Americans who wouldn’t know rock and roll if it hit them in the face.”