Courtney Love accuses Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of 'sexist gatekeeping' for not embracing female artists

Courtney Love claims the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been showing "purposeful ignorance and hostility" towards women over the years
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Courtney Love has accused the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of "sexist gatekeeping" for failing to embrace female artists.

Hole singer Courtney claims members have been showing "purposeful ignorance and hostility" towards women over the years — pointing out pop legend Kate Bush has still yet to be inducted despite being eligible since 2004 and receiving four nominations while adding it took the Hall more than 30 years to induct both Nina Simone and Carole King.

in a column for the Guardian newspaper, Courtney wrote: "Why are women so marginalised by the Rock Hall? Of the 31 people on the nominating board, just nine are women ... You can write the Rock Hall off as a 'boomer tomb' ... But as scornful as its inductions have been, the Rock Hall is a bulwark against erasure, which every female artist faces whether they long for the honour or want to spit on it."

She went on to brand the institution a "king-making force" because inductions often lead to commercial benefits such as driving up artists' concert ticket prices.

Courtney added: "The bar is demonstrably lower for men to hop over (or slither under) ... The Rock Hall's canon-making doesn't just reek of sexist gatekeeping, but also purposeful ignorance and hostility."

She went on to claim the Hall of Fame also sidelines Black artists and called for the entire system to be overhauled, concluding: "If so few women are being inducted into the Rock Hall, then the nominating committee is broken. If so few Black artists, so few women of colour, are being inducted, then the voting process needs to be overhauled.

"Music is a lifeforce that is constantly evolving — and they can't keep up. Shame on HBO [the US TV broadcaster which airs the ceremony] for propping up this farce."

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