DONNA SUMMER MADE IT INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME!!!!
If all those doo wop bands could be inducted, why not Donna?
It'd be nice of the family would release her final recordings, and have it coincide with the publicity surrounding her induction. Her husband went back to performing live 2 months after she died, her daughter Amanda was back to touring with husband 3 months after she died, and is in a current Target commercial. They don't seem to be so immobilized that can't put an album together by next April.
yeah! congratulations baby!
It's a shame the RNR Hall of Fame didn't induct Donna when she was still alive, so she could have enjoyed it. Donna is one of the most underrated vocalists ever - she was so much more than dance music. Not to say that her dance music wasn't outstanding and trancended the genre, it did. I've always preferred Donna's music to Madonna's music.
She's dead. She can't hear you and she doesn't care.
The voice lives on. I never had any problem listening to her music when she died, other fans say they did. I've listened to it just the same I don't think of her being dead when I do, she's still alive to me in her music.
Rightly or wrongly, when people think of Donna Summer they think Disco. Vocalist isn't the first thing that comes to mind, she got pigeon-holed in a genre which a lot of music snobs just love to hate on.
Was this her first year of eligibility?
R5 um Donna's great but she has only had about 1/4 the success, influence and acclaim Madonna has had. When Madonna came along in the '80's it officially marked the end of the Donna Summer era, summer continued to record but her album sales were absolutely DREADFUL in the '80's while Madonna was changing pop culture on a daily basis, having 2 of the biggest selling albums ever back to back, becoming the first solo female artist to sell out stadiums, and making amazing music videos. Madonna haters don't seem to get or wanna get her cultural impact and how she completely changed the game in what female artists could do and how successful they can become in a male dominated industry. Before Madonna if you said "pop star" most people would think of MALE artists like Billy Joel and Christopher Cross after Madonna if you say "pop star" most people think of sexy female artists. Susan Sarandon said it best "the story of women in music can be divided into 2 eras the before Madonna era and the post Madonna era". By the way why the hell isn't Whitney in there yet? Her vocal singing style has inspired a whole generation of vocalists, most notably Mariah, and only Madonna, Mariah and Celine have sold more albums than her worldwide.
No. Artistes are eligible 25 years after their debut.
This is more a gift to her fans than to Donna...
It would have been nice if she'd been inducted while she was alive.
And Madonna only had 1/4 of Donna's talent r10, actually much less. All r5 said is he prefers Donna's music, he doesn't pull out a calculator and add up album sales before determining which singer's album to listen to, as you apparently mindlessly do.
And HEART made it too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
R13 Donna was a better vocalist, but Madonna was better at everything else (dancing, performing, songwriting and producing, playing guitar) even Babyface called Madonna an amazing songwriter and said she can put together and produce a song like nobodies business and that working with her was a true collaboration.
If you're going to make an argument in favor of Madonna, you need to leave out the guitar playing. She can barely form chords. As far as songwriting goes, I think she and Donna are on equal ground. Madonna was much more of a cultural driving force and for a longer period, so I'll give her that. In any case they both belong in the HoF.
Just because she died. Had she lived she'd still be on the outside looking in. That is a pity admit in the Hall of Fame.
It's true, Madonna did a much better job of overcoming the stigma of being associated with disco, than Donna did. Madonna was also much better at establishing herself as a pop artist, even with her background as a black disco singer, she still managed to escape being pigeon-holed as a disco singer only.
Oh wait, Madonna's music was dance music based, but she wasn't a black disco singer who had to ditch the disco tag, that was Donna's baggage. Madonna was a white blond with extremely limited singing ability, who didn't have to overcome the racism and homophobia of the disco backlash at all. Wow, it's really surprising she had a more successful pop career.
How embarrassing for us as a culture that we give so much thought to that hack, Madonna.
We really have no taste--our whole existance seems to be lifted out of a John Waters movie.
At one time, Americans could be proud about our cultural heritage and relish the makings of our musical innovations.
We created jazz, r&b, country, bluegrass--we did it all.
Leave it to an Italian like Madonna to completely destroy a good thing.
R16 true but at least she TRIES and she was also a drummer back in the day for some punk/rock band. As for the HOF it would have been criminal not to induct the biggest selling, highest grossing touring and most culturally relevant female artist of all time on her first year of eligibility. Only three artists in history have sold more records than her (The Beatles, Elvis, and MJ) and they all started out WAY before Madonna, these are her peers (from a commercial standpoint) not flash in the pans like Gaga.