Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five Nominated For Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Grandmaster Flash

and the Furious Five are semifinalists in nominations to be inducted into the

world renowned Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The top 15 artists

that tally the most votes will be this year’s nominees for consideration.

Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first


The nominating

committee is made up of Rock and Roll historians. After the committee has chosen

their semi-finalists, ballots are sent to an international voting body comprising

of almost 1000 authorities on the history of Rock and Roll.

The artists who

receive the highest number of votes are inducted. Usually that equates to about

five to seven groups being inducted each year.

This year’s

list is one of the most diverse in the history of the Rock and Roll Hall of


Grandmaster Flash

and the Furious Five were nominated along side ABBA, Jeff Beck, seminal Doo-Wop

group The Harptones, The O’Jays, Kraftwerk, Ringo Starr and others.

The group recorded

first as the Younger Generation and released a single, “We Rap More Mellow”

in 1979. After a name change, the group signed with the Enjoy record label owned

by Bobby Robinson.

The group recorded

Superappin’” in 1979 as well. Once they switched to the Sugar Hill

record label, they recorded a series of legendary Hip-Hop songs, including "Freedom,"

"Birthday Party," "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the

Wheels of Steel," "The Message," and "White Lines."