This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fan voting has concluded, and the “Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll” Tina Turner emerged victorious over Nigeria’s Fela Kuti.
With an overall score of more than 545,000 fan votes, the late Afrobeat pioneer placed second on the leaderboard, ahead of new wave chart-toppers The Go-Go’s, heavy metal titans Iron Maiden and alt-rock stalwarts Foo Fighters. US singer Tina Turner amassed over 580,000 Votes to finish first place.
All five will comprise a fan ballot that gets tallied alongside more than 1,000 other ballots submitted by artists, historians and music industry moguls.
If inducted, Fela will make history as the first Nigerian artist in the hall of fame. He is remembered as an influential icon who was brave enough to boldly voice his opinions on matters that affected the nation through his music.
At the height of his popularity, he was referred to as one of Africa’s most “challenging and charismatic music performers.”