Mar 7, 2024 - Music

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame exhibit celebrates revolutionary women

Beyonce performs on stage with dancers behind her.

Who run the world? Girls. Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Parkwood

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is going all-in on women with its newest exhibit.

Driving the news: The Revolutionary Women In Music: Left of Center opens to the public Friday.

  • The exhibit honors the social, political and economic strides of female musicians, including Beyoncé, P!nk, Joan Jett, Meg White, Patti Smith, Christina Aguilera and more.

Why it matters: The Rock Hall has worked in recent years to combat criticism that it's male-dominated, an effort that could culminate with a female-centric induction ceremony in Cleveland this fall.

Flashback: In March 2023, the Rock Hall came under fire for what rock star Courtney Love called "sexist gatekeeping."

  • Last September, the museum found itself at the center of controversy again when board member Jann Wenner made sexist and racist remarks to the New York Times.

What they did: The Rock Hall booted Wenner from the board and put on an induction ceremony headlined by Missy Elliott, the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted, in November.

  • It was the second consecutive ceremony headlined by a woman, following Dolly Parton in 2022.

The intrigue: We could see a repeat this year with Mariah Carey and Cher as, arguably, the biggest names on the ballot.

💭 Troy's thought bubble: The new exhibition honoring women follows the opening of "Holla If Ya Hear Me" last summer.

  • The hip-hop showcase doubled down on the Rock Hall's commitment to Black artists, while this year's offering addresses a need to honor more women.

Worthy of your time: The Rock Hall will host a grand opening party at 6pm tonight, featuring appearances by musicians Lisa Loeb, Malina Moye and Sherley Manson (of Garbage).

Go deeper: Why it takes women longer to be inducted into the Rock Hall


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