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Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris Says N.W.A Was Put On Ballot Before Straight Outta Compton Biopic Arrived


Courtesy of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Earlier today, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the five artists who will be inducted next year in the Performers category.  The honorees include the influential rap group N.W.A.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Greg Harris spoke with ABC Radio talks about the newly announced inductees, which he calls “a fantastic group.”  He points out the rap group was already in consideration for being inducted prior to the release of their popular biopic, Straight Outta Compton.

“They were put on the ballot before the film was even out,” Miller says. “I’m sure getting more exposure helps with the voting, but it also helps that the legacy of N.W.A. carries on through Snoop Dogg, through Eminem, through 50 Cent, through Kendrick Lamar, these are all direct connections to N.W.A and the great artists that were a part of the original band.”

Miller breaks down accomplishments they should be recognized for: “Pushing the envelope, bringing, you know, that strong, strong West Coast, hip-hop sound, in fact defining it. The proving ground for Dr. Dre, for Ice Cube. Unbelievable. When you hear ‘Straight Outta Compton’ it hits you like a punch to the chest and it wakes you up and it says something is happening here and I need to pay attention.”

The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place April 8 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.  A TV special featuring highlights from the event will air on HBO sometime later in the spring.

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