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The Go-Go's bassist celebrates Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination from Austin
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This year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees are out and one Austinite, in particular, is rejoicing. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday that Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Jay-Z, Tina Turner, The Go-Go's and others would be nominated for the 2021 induction.


Austin native and bassist Kathy Valentine took to Twitter to announce that she had woken up to the "wonderful news."

Several fans and supporters did the very same to congratulate the band's historic achievement.


The all-female band first formed in 1978 and has been dubbed "the most successful all-female rock band of all time" for its achievements. When The Go-Go's released their pivotal debut, "Beauty and The Beat," in 1981, it stayed on the Billboard charts for six consecutive weeks, making history.

The band became the first all-female ensemble who wrote their own music and played their own instruments to reach the top of the charts. Artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first album and depending on their influence and significance in the genre.

The band has been eligible for 14 years and was joined by a host of other female artists like Chaka Khan and Carole King.

However, the bands listed have yet to be inducted into the hall of fame, pending a public vote. There is no set number of artists that will be inducted, though it tends to be between six and eight.

According to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the nominees are selected through an internal voting process by a body of "more than 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry."

The current fan vote shows Tina Turner, Foo Fighters, Carole King, Iron Maiden and The Go-Go's in the lead but the vote will continue until April 30 with the inductees announced in May. You can cast your vote here.

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