Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2016

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has finally unveiled their class of 2016. On Thursday (Dec. 17), the iconic museum revealed those artists who will be inducted next spring. Chicago, Deep Purple, NWA, Cheap Trick, and Steve Miller have been chose to receive the honor.

Back in October, it was revealed that acts like Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Janet Jackson, The Cars, Chic, and Yes were some of the artists who had made it onto the ballot of nominees. But with the revelations, it appears they will have to wait another year to be put back on the ballot. The official induction ceremony will take place on April 8, 2016 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Like previous years, the induction ceremony will be broadcast on HBO later on in the spring.

In a sad twist, it looks like Chic, once again, has been snubbed for induction. this year marks the tenth year that the group has been passed over for a slot at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In order to be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a nominee’s first recording (or debut album) must have been released at least 25 years ago. This year, fans were offered an opportunity to vote, and a collective “fan ballot” was added to the over 800 ballots from artists, historians, and music industry members.

NWA Biopic Casts Key Roles

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The NWA bio-pic has reportedly cast the roles of Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E. Universal has decided to forgo the typical route taken by casting big names for such high profiled roles, and have instead decided to cast unknown actors to portray the roles of the rappers.
 
Straight Outta Compton, which is fitting named after the NWA’s hit 1988 record has been in the midst of development for the past five years and reportedly has had no less than four writers attached to the bio-pic’s screenplay. After all the roadblocks, it was beginning to seem like the film would never get on its feet and make it to the production stage. 

Thanks in part to an article published on Billboard, it seems like the time had finally comes for the film to move forward, especially since some key roles for the film have been cast.
 
After several weeks of speculation, it was confirmed that Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson will play his father’s role in the film. Rounding out the main cast are New York theater actor, Marcus Callender as Dr. Dre, while up and comer, Jason Mitchell will take on the role of Eazy-E. 

Billboard claims that Mitchell’s casting comes after an inside source told the publication he “nailed” his screen test.
 
As for the rest of the film, it has been derailed so many times in the past that, hopefully, it’s a thing of the past and the film can move forward. The small issues that will probably derail it again will do with the actual screen play since Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E’s widow Tomica Wright, have script and cast veto powers.

If things don’t go smoothly, this will be very interesing.