Sinéad O’Connor has been posthumously nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The singer, who died in July, is among 15 nominated artists who will be whittled down to an undetermined number in April.
The ceremony will take place later this year at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
If she manages to be inducted, it will be the second major tribute that will be paid to her after the performance of Annie Lennox’s Nothing Compares to You at the Grammy Awards.
Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first album.
She will face stiff competition from Mariah Carey, Cher, Oasis, Foreigner, Ozzy Osborne and Mary J. Blige.
Ozzy Osbourne, who is already part of the pantheon as a member of Black Sabbath, has been approved as a solo artist for the first time.
Cher is nominated despite vowing last year that she wouldn’t join “if they paid me a million dollars” after being excluded for so long.
The large number of women on the list is seen as a response to Rolling Stone magazine editor Jann Wenner’s firing from the show’s governing body that decides who to include.
In a now-famous interview with the New York Times last year, Wenner said the absence of women or musicians of color in a book he wrote called The Masters, about popular music’s most influential artists, was justified.
“They just weren’t articulate on that level,” Wenner said, dismissing Joni Mitchell as “not a rock’n’roll philosopher… In my opinion, she didn’t pass that test.”
Before 2019, only 8 percent of Hall of Famers were women. Between 2021 and 2023, a third of those incorporated were women and 48 percent were people of color.
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