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Kraftwerk finally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame after six denials

The pioneering electronic group have been nominated six times previously

  • Paddy Edrich
  • 18 May 2021
Kraftwerk finally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame after six denials

Kraftwerk have finally been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, after previously being nominated and denied six times.

The pioneering band has been inducted for their avant-garde approach to electronic dance music.

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The band was formed in 1969 as part of the experimental krautrock movement before embracing electronic instrumentation including synthesizers and drum machines.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame said: “Kraftwerk are the foundation upon which all synthesizer-based rock and electronic dance music is built.

“The band’s influence can be heard in the synth-pop of Depeche Mode, the electronic-rock integration of U2, the production techniques of Kanye West, and in countless EDM and dubstep artists.”

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The induction announcement comes a year after the passing of co-founder Florian Schneider.

Schneider and his former bandmates Karl Bartos, Wolfgang Flür and Ralf Hütter have all been inducted.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the group postponed their planned 50th anniversary tour to 2021/2022.

Other 2021 inductees include the Foo Fighters, Tina Turner, Jay-Z, The Go-Go’s, Carole King, Todd Rundgren and LL Cool J.

Paddy Edrich is a freelance writer, follow him on Twitter

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