While I can’t claim to be terribly familiar with N.W.A., the others, In my opinion, are all worthy of induction. However I must admit that the overlooking of Joe Cocker – yet again – is something that baffles me.
One theory is that Cocker did not compose his own material, but instead did cover versions of others’ songs. The fact that he became legendary interpreting these songs, often overshadowing the original, seems lost on the Hall of Fame people.
The category is ‘performers’, not ‘performers of original material’. Does singing a song written by another somehow affect one’s ability to perform? I think not.
Sadly should the Hall of Fame selection body come to its senses and induct Cocker it will now be done posthumously.