By Lori Perkins
Most of you probably missed the subtext that it took more than 50 years after the release Carol King’s Tapestry, a certified 13 time Platinum album and one of the best-selling albums of all time, with over 25 million copies worldwide, for King to be inducted into the Rock’n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a performer. She was inducted in 1991 as a songwriter.
Tina Turner, was also inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991 as part of the Ike & Tina Turner duo, but it took another 30 years to award her the honor as a solo artist.
But hey, we can almost let it go when we see the video of Taylor Swift singing “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” as part of the induction ceremony and hear Carol King say that Swift is “carrying the torch forward” and an “honorary granddaughter.”
Tina Turner was introduced by Angela Bassett who played her in the powerful biographical movie, What’s Love Got to Do with It?
The all-girl rock 80s rock group, The Go-Gos were also inducted and introduced by Drew Barrymore.
The Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame Inductee class of 2021 also included membership to LL Cool J, Todd Rundgren, Randy Rhoads, Gil Scott-Heron, Kraftwerk, Billy Preston, Charley Patton and music executive Clarence Avant. You will notice it’s mostly men.