13 is an unlucky number for some, but today it marks the date that the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame revealed its class of 2019. Stevie Nicks, who was initially inducted along with Fleetwood Mac in 1998, a respectable five years after they became eligible, is included as a solo artist. Making her the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
Today is a historic day in the music world for women’s equality.
Despite having released her debut solo album, Bella Donna, in 1981, (Nicks then went on to release a further seven LPs including ‘The Wild Heart,’ ‘Trouble in Shangri-La’ and 2014’s ’24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault’) and becoming eligible for solo induction in 2006, it has taken another decade to mark her first time receiving a solo nomination and inclusion.
“I have a lot to say about this,” said Nicks in a statement, “but I will save those words for later. For now I will just say, I have been in a band since 1968. To be recognized for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile. It’s a glorious feeling.”
Without a doubt, her selection marks a major stepping stone towards representation for women in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an institution that doesn’t have a history of equality.
The first woman to be inducted was Aretha Franklin in 1987, and since then only 44 women or acts featuring women have joined the ranks — a staggeringly low percentage at 13.6% of the total 322 pre-2019 members.
I have a lot to say about this~ but I will save those words for later. For now I will just say, I have been in a band since 1968. To be recognized for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile. It's a glorious feeling. @rockhall pic.twitter.com/aNofFoG6eC
— Stevie Nicks (@StevieNicks) December 13, 2018
2019 also marks the first time that two women (Nicks and Janet Jackson) will be joining the Hall as members of the same class since 2013, when both Donna Summer and Heart were inducted.
A number of male performers have been enshrined twice — in some cases thrice! as Eric Clapton’s in there three times (solo and as a member of both The Yardbirds and Cream). Peter Gabriel, all of The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Jimmy Page, Neil Young, Lou Reed, and even Rod Stewart all have their names listed twice.
A huge exaltation for many women within the music industry today, at last, as a female has broken through as a two-time inductee. In a just world, it will only be a matter of time before the likes of Diana Ross (already in with The Supremes), Gladys Knight (inducted with The Pips), Janis Joplin (who could still go in with Big Brother & The Holding Company), and other worthy women to get their recognition twice over as many of their male counterparts have done.
In celebration of this historic induction, I have put together a playlist of an hour of some my favourite songs of Stevie’s solo work over the years, enjoy! And congratulations to Stevie! Trailblazer!