May 4, 2023 - News

Soundgarden snubbed again by Rock Hall of Fame

Four members of Soundgarden are shown looking directly at the camera.

Soundgarden in 1989. Photo: Krasner/Trebitz/Redferns/Getty Images

Soundgarden has been passed over again by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Details: The grunge rock band, which formed in Seattle in the 1980s, was one of 14 acts nominated in the performer category this year.

  • But when the Rock Hall announced its 2023 inductees on Wednesday, the local favorite failed to make the final cut.

Background: Soundgarden, known for songs such as "Black Hole Sun" and "Outshined," previously was nominated in 2020.

The big picture: The Rock Hall has received criticism for failing to induct enough women, Axios Cleveland's Troy Smith writes.

  • This year, it inducted Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow and Missy Elliott, with Elliott being the first female hip-hop artist to receive the honor.
  • The other four performers or bands inducted into the Rock Hall's class of 2023 were George Michael, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine and The Spinners.
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