Contact Us

Kiss Singer Gene Simmons Thinks Hip-Hop Has No Place in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Ethan Miller, Getty Images

In the opinion of Kiss singer Gene Simmons, hip-hop has no place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Speaking to Radio.com about Kiss’ upcoming induction into the organization, Simmons criticized the Hall of Fame’s selection process and the inclusion of hip-hop artists.

“A long time ago it was diluted. It’s really back room politics, like Boss Tweed,” Simmons stated. “A few people decide what’s in and what’s not. And the masses just scratch their heads.”

Simmons singled out the inductions of hip-hop legends Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five and Run-D.M.C. in his critique of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“You’ve got Grandmaster Flash in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Run-D.M.C. in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? You’re killing me!” That doesn’t mean those aren’t good artists. But they don’t play guitar. They sample and they talk. Not even sing!”

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five made history in 2007, as the first hip-hop act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Since then, groups such as Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys have been inducted.

When asked about his feelings on his friend Donna Summers being inducted last year, Simmons continued his criticism of the Hall of Fame for including non-rock artists.

“But if you asked Donna, ‘What kind of artist are you?’ do you think she would say ‘rock?’ If you asked Madonna, ‘What kind of artist are you?’ do you think she would say, ‘Oh, rock!’ So what they hell are they doing in the Hall of Fame?” Simmons opined. “They can run their organization any way they’d like, but it ain’t rock! It just isn’t! If you don’t play guitar and you don’t write your own songs, you don’t belong there.”

More from Wild 104

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wild104fm.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Wild 104 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on Wild 104 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!