R. Kelly

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2017 (The 2018 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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I Believe I Can Fly (1996)

R. Kelly @ Wikipedia

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Will R. Kelly be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


16 comments so far (post your own)

I seriously think that he can be taken seriously.
He is one of the only "R&B" artist from his generation that i support.I believe I can fly is in the rolling stone's list of the 500s best songs ever.

Posted by roméo on Thursday, 06.7.07 @ 11:31am

16 years in the business and everytime he try something new...he bring a lot for the music ask to all the artist who ask r.kelly to help to write a song or sing something on their album.

His creativity can't be discuss, he will definitly left his mark on the history of R&B.

Posted by Sn@ke on Wednesday, 07.11.07 @ 18:04pm

R.Kelly deserves to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame more than ANY other artist of his time. Nevermind the legal problems he's facing because they do not influence his musical ability. Don't let your personal feelings for him distract you from the talent this man possesses. His longevity is unheard of for artists of today. Most artists of today are one-hit, or one album wonders. He's going on 17 years in the game with no plans on stopping. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the voters would be making a TREMENDOUS mistake if they do not feel R.Kelly is qualified for this honor.

Posted by kellzfan on Wednesday, 07.11.07 @ 19:30pm

If he doesn't deserve it, no one does...

Posted by DTP on Thursday, 07.12.07 @ 08:34am

Uh.. HELL No.
Not only is he an adolescent screwing miscreant, but his right arm should be severed for writng "I Believe I Can Fly".
What a tool.

Posted by shawn on Monday, 07.16.07 @ 16:34pm

Douche-bag. It's good to be the King.

Humbly yours,
P. Martini

Posted by P. Martini on Saturday, 11.10.07 @ 21:32pm

Looking foward to seeing him get in.the hall is gonna start looking very interesting after 2012

Posted by Leon on Wednesday, 09.3.08 @ 02:44am

Personally, I rather detest him. On the grounds of his music, that is, not his penchant for water sports. Way too schmaltzy for my taste. I don't like "I Believe I Can Fly" either, but that is no reason to cause him physical harm like someone else suggested here. His longevity and continuous success certainly make a strong point for his induction. Talent? I'm sure he must have some. Will he be inducted? Why not, if they also induct Gary Glitter and Cat Stevens...

Posted by denyo on Sunday, 09.21.08 @ 18:08pm

R. Kelly deserves to be inducted!

Posted by Yess on Sunday, 07.3.11 @ 01:10am

If he had a better control of his personal life, I'd consider him to have a pretty good chance. From 1994-2003ish he was pretty much untouchable commercially and had a few critically acclaimed songs Problem is, alot of his material is VERY cheesy. And too much cheese can kill an artist's chances, regardless of whether or not they're worthy.

So Bad Public Image + Cheesy Music = Most likely not.

Posted by Jim on Saturday, 01.14.12 @ 21:00pm

I guess I'll clairify my position on R. Kelly, in case anybody cares:

I think a good case could be made for his inclusion. He was the biggest R&B star of the 90s (chartwise, even managing to surpass the late Whitney Houston, who was at the peak of her popularity) He, along with TLC, also played a huge role in the assimilation of R&B and Rap with many of their songs (although it was different from the New Jack Swing style). He was also a massive star from 1994-2003ish, and produced a few critically acclaimed songs. He was a popular producer, prodcuing songs by Aliayah and Michael Jackson.

Out of any R&B singer of the past 25 years, he is most likely the strongest candidate. (Unless Usher gets on his level some time soon) If I had to make a decision, I'd probably let him in.

Posted by Jim on Saturday, 02.11.12 @ 21:39pm

I dunno, that trial he had would definetly harm his chances.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 02.12.12 @ 07:56am

Well, peeing on girls certainly won't help his case, but time heals alot of wounds and considering the hall's love for R&B, it wouldn't surprise me to see him or TLC pop up on a few ballots once they're eligible.

Posted by Jim on Sunday, 02.12.12 @ 10:27am

Not gonna lie, the public image and a few cheesy songs won't help him but he does have talent.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 02.22.12 @ 14:56pm

He WILL be inducted easily. Nobody looks at his personal life when it comes to inductees. I can easily name 5 artists off the top of my head who have been inducted but had sketchy pasts so let's not put R. Kelly down.

R. Kelly is a very talented singer, songwriter, producer and composer. What make can you ask for? He's the #1 artist in R&B for over 20 years!

Posted by Stevie on Thursday, 03.1.12 @ 00:41am

if this was the piss on your underage ex hall of fame yes... but it's not so no.

Posted by Michael on Wednesday, 06.22.16 @ 18:28pm

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