Renowned poet, musician, and author Gil Scott-Heron will be honored as an “Early Influencer” at the 36th Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. The ceremony will take place on October 30th in Cleveland, Ohio. While Gil Scott-Heron is no longer with us, his family will be there to represent him.
“We are thrilled by this honor”, said Heron’s son, Rumal Rackley. Gil Scott-Heron’s impact on the music industry since his debut album in 1970 is recognized through the “Early Influencer” category.
The artistic blending of his poetry and music played a pivot role in rap. To this day, his music influences Black music in all genres, especially hip-hop. Furthermore, his iconic political protest song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” released in 71′ became an anthem following George Floyd’s murder.
“Gil’s body of work spans 50 years, and the poetic words Gil spoke to promote peace and justice. Are as relevant today as they were back then”, said Rackley.
Gill Scott-Heron made use of his platform to showcase the struggles of racial segregation, combining it with blues. And he created an ambient blend of protest, pain, and melody.
In the Early Influencer Category, Scott-Heron will join inductees Kraftwerk and Charley Patton. Additionally, Tina Turner, Jay- Z, Foo Fighters, Carole King, The Go-Go’s, and Todd Rundgren are nominees in the Performer category. Moreover, LL Cool J is a Musical Excellence Category nominee while Clarence Avant is slated to win the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
The show will air on November 20th on HBO among HBO networks and Sirius XM Radio.