Re: Rock & Roll HOF 2013 Inductees
Honestly don't know how Rush didn't get in before this. The HOF hasn't been too kind to prog rock in general (another glaring omission: Yes). Ditto for Heart, which is even more baffling due to their massive success.
I've got no problem with Public Enemy getting in. If you can't expand your definition of rock and roll beyond conventional classic rock, you'll have all of about five or ten artists from the 2000's that make it in. You have the 90's leftovers like Foo Fighters and Radiohead, you have retro bands like The Black Keys and The Strokes, and you have a few oddballs like The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, and Muse. That's about it for deserving bands that are big enough for it.
Realistically, rock and roll itself stopped evolving with grunge, and for some time, hip-hop was truer to the spirit of rock and roll than rock itself (sadly only rarely the case nowadays). Including one of the most relevant bands during that period makes sense to me. As for the back catalogue argument, consider the Sex Pistols.