I guess, as the saying goes, better late than never. *Kanye shrug*
The late singer and disco queen, Donna Summer, will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2013. After years of being nominated and then passed over for the Hall of Fame, which, according to The Boston Herald, already has folks like Madonna in that mug, the institution will finally induct her. In a piece called “Donna Summer’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Came Too Late” by Sarah Rodman over at Boston.com, she said that she asked Summer a year ago if after always being a bridesmaid and never a bride (aka, getting nominated to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but never being inducted), if just being nominated was an honor to her. To that she replied,
“No, it’s an honor to win,” she said with a laugh. “That’s a bunch of baloney. I don’t care about the honor of being nominated, honor me and let me win! After about the third time, stop nominating me, I’m starting to feel like a loser.” Summer, a Boston native, continued to laugh a robust laugh and added “I’m just kidding. It is an honor to be nominated, seriously.”
Mhmmm…she was serious ya’ll (kidding!). Summer, of course, passed away earlier this year after having complications related to lung cancer NOT associated with smoking. So it’s interesting to see that after three nominations before the fact, folks at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally caved in when it was too late for her to celebrate and gave her the award. Maybe they were turned off in the past at the fact that her music was cold-blooded disco, R&B, gospel and more (you know some people who loooove rock had no respect for disco in the ’70s), but as was pointed out by the Boston Herald, Summer had more success than many of the rock stars already in the Hall of Fame, as she was raking in fans with classics like, “Last Dance,” “Bad Girls,” “Love To Love You Baby,” “Hot Stuff” and more.
Summer will be inducted into the Hall of Fame with a group that includes everyone from Public Enemy and Quincy Jones to Randy Newman, who makes some of the best songs ever for kids movies, including the Toy Story franchise. Coincidentally, after learning of his nomination, Newman joked with Billboard about thinking he would have to die first to get inducted. But as for Summer, though we wish she could have been around to take advantage of such an honor, it’s an honor nonetheless.