Jimmy Buffett to Receive Musical Excellence Award from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The late Jimmy Buffett is slated to receive a special posthumous award from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He will be awarded with the Music Excellence Award at the 2024 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Buffett died in September 2023 from skin cancer at the age of 76.

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Other influential artists receiving the award are MC5, Dionne Warwick, and Norman Whitfield. Additionally, Alexis Korner, John Mayall, and Big Mama Thornton will receive the Musical Influence Award, while Suzanne de Passe will be honored with the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which is given to non-performing industry professionals who have had a profound influence on rock and roll and youth culture.

The 2024 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and award honorees were announced during American Idol on April 21. Mary J. Blige, Cher, Dave Matthews Band, Foreigner, Peter Frampton, Kool & the Gang, Ozzy Osbourne, and a Tribe Called Quest will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.

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American Idol Reveals Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2024 Inductees During Episode

An artist becomes eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after their first record release, and about half of the inductees this year are first-time nominees. Cher, Foreigner, Frampton, and Kool and the Gang were nominated for the first time this year, while Dave Matthews Band, Ozzy Osbourne, Mary J. Blige, and A Tribe Called Quest have been nominated in previous years.

This is Ozzy Osbourne’s second induction ceremony, as he was inducted in 2006 with Black Sabbath. Now, he’s being inducted as a solo artist. He told Billboard that the induction “feels big. I’m more than honored.”

Additionally, some fans were not happy with this year’s nominations. Many felt Mariah Carey was unfairly left out, with one fan declaring that she was snubbed and should have been included. Others are hopeful for next year. “Next year, we will get Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz in there too!” one fan wrote on social media.

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