Women Who Have Made History at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Stevie Nicks performs on May 30, 1983. 

Stevie Nicks will make history at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony on March 29, becoming the first woman to be inducted twice. She was first inducted in 1998 as a member of Fleetwood Mac and is being ushered in this year as a solo artist.

By way of comparison, 22 men have been inducted twice over the years. (One of them, Eric Clapton, has been inducted three times.) The 22-to-one disparity reflects the way of the world in rock and roll, but, as you may have heard, the world is changing.

Among the women who Nicks beat to the punch by becoming the first two-time female inductee are Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Mavis Staples, Gladys Knight, Joan Jett, Ann Wilson and Nicks' Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie, who have been inducted with their famous groups, but not yet on their own; Janis Joplin, who was inducted on her own but not as part of Big Brother and the Holding Company; and Carole King, who was inducted as a non-performer, but has not yet been selected as a performer.

Chaka Khan and Annie Lennox have not yet been inducted either solo or with their groups, though they're eligible both ways.

More recent group alumni turned solo superstars who may one day be two-time inductees include Lauryn Hill, Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani and Fergie.

In honor of Nicks' record-setting achievement, here are nine other women who have made history at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame over the years.

Aretha Franklin, the first woman inducted into the Hall (1987).

The Supremes, the first all-female group to be inducted (1988). The Hall inducted founding members Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard, who holds a sad additional distinction as the first woman to be inducted posthumously.

Bessie Smith, the first woman to be inducted as an early influence (1989).

Zola Taylor, the first woman to be inducted as part of a mixed-gender group or duo (The Platters, 1990).

Carole King, the first woman to be inducted as a non-performer (with Gerry Goffin, her songwriting partner and ex-husband, 1990).

Tina Turner, the first woman to be inducted for fronting a mixed-gender group or duo (Ike & Tina Turner, 1991).

LaVern Baker, the first woman whose induction speech was made by another woman (Chaka Khan, 1991).

Joni Mitchell, the first woman who was born outside of the U.S. to be inducted (1997).

Patti Scialfa, the first (and, to date, only) woman to receive the award for music excellence (as part of the E Street Band, 2014).


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