Before they announced the nominees for their 2023 class, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame quietly changed its mission statement making the institution more genre-inclusive.
According to multiple outlets — including Vulture and Ultimate Classic Rock — the Rock Hall’s new mission statement was shared by President and CEO Greg Harris at an online press event on Monday (January 30.) The new mission statement reads as follows:
“Born from the collision of rhythm & blues, country, and gospel, rock & roll is a spirit that is inclusive and ever-changing. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates the sound of youth culture and honors the artists whose music connects us all. We share stories of the people, events, and songs that shape our world through digital content, innovative exhibits, live music, engaging programs, and our annual Induction Ceremony.”
The statement appears to reflect the words of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Director of Communications Shauna Wilson. Back in March 2022, Wilson shared a statement to Ultimate Classic Rock in response to the hubbub surrounding Dolly Parton being nominated for the Rock Hall. Wilson’s statement is as follows:
“From its inception, Rock & Roll has had deep roots in Rhythm & Blues and Country music. It is not defined by any one genre, rather a sound that moves youth culture. Dolly Parton’s music impacted a generation of young fans and influenced countless artists that followed. Her nomination to be considered for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame followed the same process as all other artists who have been considered. Dolly’s nomination, along with the other 16 artists for the class of 2022, was sent out earlier this month to our 1,200 general ballot voters, the majority of whom are artists themselves, for consideration for induction at our ceremony.”