Stevie Nicks makes Rock and Roll Hall of Fame history

Stevie Nicks

After 50 years in the music industry Stevie Nicks has finally been honoured as a solo artist by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In an historic move, Nicks was recognised in her own right earlier this week, making her the first woman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame twice (her band Fleetwood Mac joined the club back in 1998).

This double honour has, of course, been bestowed on men for years (22 male artists have been recognised twice including all four Beatles).

Nicks, 70 and currently on a world tour with Fleetwood Mac, is obviously acutely aware of this disparity but – for the time being – is holding fire. “I have a lot to say about this, but I will save those words for later,” she said after receiving the award.

“For now, I will just say, I have been in a band since 1968. To be recognised for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (which is in Ohio should you ever wish to pay a visit) recognises the most influential artists, writers, producers and engineers in rock. It started in 1986. The first inductees included Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley.

Women are poorly represented overall and make up about nine per cent of inductees.

The first woman recognised was Aretha Franklin. Since then other female artists honoured include Billie Holiday, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Dina Washington and, most recently, Janet Jackson.

The Cure and Radiohead were also inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this week.

Read more about Fleetwood Mac HERE.

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