The 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place on Saturday night in Cleveland, and among the performers entering the hall this year were a groundbreaking electronic group. Kraftwerk. Pharrell williams inducted the group via a pre-recorded video message, saying “But I’m going to suggest that we create a new room in the room, just for artists who actually invented their genre, because Kraftwerk is part of it. Today electronic music is everywhere. But what Kraftwerk did was revolutionary and revolutionary. “
Pharrell paid tribute to the late Florian Schneider, and went on to say that many people were influenced by Kraftwerk without realizing it, noting “When Afrika Bambaataa reached a case of records and found Kraftwerk and channeled that sound in ‘Planet Rock’ is when millions of hip-hop fans around the world, including myself, first heard the infectious beats and alien voice of Kraftwerk. ” You can watch Pharrell’s induction speech for Kraftwerk below.
In addition to Pharrell’s induction speech, there was a short video featuring Dispatch Mode‘s Martin gore, LCD audio system‘s James murphy and more on the influence of Kraftwerk. You can watch snippets of that below.
Also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night: Tina Turner, Jay-Z, The Go-Go’s, Gil Scott-Heron, LL Cool J and more. You can watch the telecast of this year’s induction ceremony on Saturday, November 20, 2021 on HBO and HBO Max.
You can get classics from Kraftwerk like Radio-Activity, Highway, Tour de France and more on colored vinyl in the BV shop.