Sinéad O'Connor nominated for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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Sinéad O'Connor performing in ChileImage source, EPA

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Sinéad O'Connor died in 2023

By Charlotte Gallagher

Culture correspondent

Sinéad O'Connor has been nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside Cher, Mariah Carey and Oasis.

The Irish singer, who died in July 2023 at the age of 56, shot to fame in 1985 with her song Nothing Compares To U.

Fifteen acts have been nominated, they will be narrowed down to a smaller number who will be inducted into the Hall.

The finalists are chosen by 1,000 industry experts and a public vote. The winners will be announced in April.

The ceremony will take place later this year at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record.

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Mariah Carey is nominated for the first time

  • Mariah Carey
  • Cher
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Oasis
  • Sade
  • Lenny Kravitz
  • Kool & the Gang
  • Peter Frampton
  • Foreigner
  • Ozzy Osborne
  • Eric B. & Rakim
  • Jane's Addiction
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Sinéad O'Connor
  • A Tribe Called Quest

Ozzy Osborne is already in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his career with Black Sabbath, but this nomination is for his solo work.

If successful this year, he will become the 27th multiple inductee and join an elite group of artists including all four members of The Beatles, Stevie Nicks and Tina Turner.

Ozzy said he was "deeply honoured" and the nomination was something he "could never have imagined".

Eric Clapton is the only musician to be inducted three times, for his solo career and his work with Cream and The Yardbirds.

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Cher has previously been snubbed by the Hall of Fame

Cher, who has been previously nominated but never inducted, spoke about the perceived snub last year. The star said she would not join even if they paid her "a million dollars".

"I'm never going to change my mind. They can just go you-know-what themselves." She added.

Oasis have been nominated for the first time but it is unlikely that Liam and Noel Gallagher will attend the ceremony together and perform if inducted.

The band broke up in 2009 following a series of arguments.

But Noel Gallagher told the BBC last year that he would "never say never" to a reunion.

John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation said: "This remarkable list of Nominees reflects the diverse artists and music that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honours and celebrates."

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