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article imageOp-Ed: 5 long overdue women for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 25, 2015 in Music
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hasn't always been too kind to female rock artists, and here are five women who are worthy of rock music's highest honor.
Pat Benatar: Affectionately known as "The Queen of Rock," Benatar has been in the industry for well other three decades, and she has inspired countless women to rock out. Throughout her career, she has won four Grammy awards for such smash singles as "Love is a Battlefield," "Fire and Ice" and "Shadows of the Night." She was the first female artist to be played on MTV with her "You Better Run" music video, and her husband, Neil "Spyder" Giraldo, was the first guitar player to be played on MTV. Benatar should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, either as a solo artist or as a duo with her husband Spyder.
Kim Carnes: Carnes is best-known for her raspy voice and signature song "Bette Davis Eyes" which won two Grammy awards in 1981 and was the best-selling single of the year, topping the Billboard Hot 100 charts for nine weeks. In addition, she has had 25 hits on the Billboard charts and is a successful songwriter, whose songs have been recorded by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, Frank Sinatra and David Cassidy, among others.
Cherie Currie from The Runaways
Cherie Currie from The Runaways
Patti Ballaz
Cherie Currie of The Runaways: Cherie Currie was the lead singer of The Runaways, and they were known for such songs as "Cherry Bomb," "Hollywood," "Queens of Noise" and a cover of Velvet Underground's "Rock & Roll." She also released her latest solo project, Reverie, which was well-received by Digital Journal. A few months ago, Joan Jett was nominated in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and gave a deserving plug for The Runways, so hopefully Currie would be inducted in the near future.
Grammy-winning rock star Melissa Etheridge
Grammy-winning rock star Melissa Etheridge
James Minchin III
Melissa Etheridge: Melissa Etheridge has been a respected rock singer-songwriter and instrumentalist since the late 80s, and is known for a lengthy list of hit singles, including "Come to My Window" and "Ain't It Heavy," both of which won Grammy awards. She just released her latest solo album, This is M.E., which garnered a stellar review from Digital Journal, and her recent concert at The Paramount in Huntington alone, is a substantial indication that she deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Stevie Nicks: While Stevie Nicks may have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac, she deserves to be in there as a solo artist. She is known for such smash singles as "Leather and Lace," "Stand Back," "Edge of Seventeen," "Talk To Me" and "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" with Tom Petty.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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