Petition to Induct Melissa Etheridge to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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This petition goes to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee, and the experts across the world.

From Wikipedia - About the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Criteria: "A nominating committee composed of rock and roll historians selects names for the "Performers" category (singers, vocal groups, bands, and instrumentalists of all kinds), which are then voted on by roughly five hundred experts across the world. Those selected to vote include academics, journalists, producers, and others with music industry experience. Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Criteria include the influence and significance of the artists' contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll. To be selected for induction, performers must receive the highest number of votes, and also greater than 50% of the votes. Around five to seven performers are inducted each year."

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32 years ago, Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, walked into a bar in Long Beach, where he saw a young singer songwriter perform and knew he had stumbled upon greatness. So much so, that he declared that he was amazed that somebody of this obvious sort of strength had not been signed by anybody. After declaring that "the future of rock and roll has a female face", he signed her on the spot. That young woman was Melissa Etheridge.

Two years later, in 1988, her debut album "Melissa Etheridge" came out and right out of the gate, she had her first Grammy nomination for "Bring Me Some Water".

Since then, she has released 14 studio albums, 38 singles and 32 music videos on Island Records and her own label, ME Records.

Through the years, Melissa has proven time and time again that she is not afraid of any challenge thrown her way, be it musical or personal.

If anyone has contributed to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll, it is Melissa Etheridge. Just a look at her career and accomplishments tells you all you need to know:

5 Platinum albums (three of which are multi-platinum)
2 Gold albums
11 Billboard Hot 100 charting singles (6 hitting the Top 40)
11 Billboard Adult Contemporary charting singles (all peaking in the Top 40)
15 Grammy nominations
2 Grammy awards
1 Academy Award (Oscar)

Melissa Etheridge is a true, complete artist. An excellent songwriter with an incomparable voice, she is also one of the most lively and flawless live performers in the music business. She is hugely respected by her peers and many fans around the world. She has performed for audiences big and small, and for a range of folks, from everyday music lovers to presidents, always with the same level of commitment to her performance. She is an accomplished guitarist, who also plays a myriad of other instruments as well. She has written great rock and roll songs, and continues to work on ways to improve her craft.

There are plenty of examples of her incredible dedication to her craft, but perhaps the most telling is her performance during the 2005 Grammy Awards.

From Rolling Stone's "15 Great Grammy Tribute Performances" (http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/15-great-grammy-tribute-performances-20160211/tribute-to-janis-joplin-2005-20160211):

Intended to mark the 35th anniversary of Janis Joplin's tragic overdose, the fiery duet is better remembered as Melissa Etheridge's comeback following her excruciating treatment for breast cancer. Joss Stone primed the crowd with an impassioned "Cry Baby" before Etheridge — bald from chemotherapy — took the stage. Her entrance brought the usually staid Grammy audience to rapturous applause. Having recently endured a lumpectomy, she turned "Piece of My Heart" into an anthem for breast-cancer survivors around the world.

"It was an opportunity for me to prove to myself that I could get back on the stage," Etheridge later said of the performance. "This symptom of cancer that I had was not going to stop me, kill me, change me. I was actually going to be better after this and that the chemotherapy that was just sucking the life force out of me wasn't going to keep me down."

Melissa's deep love of music has driven her to delve into other genres as well. As of April 13, 2017, her most recent album, "Memphis Rock and Soul", has remained on the Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart for 26 weeks, staying at the Number 1 spot for many weeks. See http://www.billboard.com/charts/blues-albums

From Amazon.com: "Melissa is paying her respect to the music of Stax Records, a significant source of influence and inspiration for her. She pays homage to the legacy of Stax by covering classic repertoire from its historic catalog. Wanting to be as respectful and true to the tradition as possible, Melissa made the pilgrimage to Memphis to record her new album in Willie Mitchell's historic Royal Studios. Her experience included recording with Willie's son, Lawrence 'Boo' Mitchell and the Hi Records Rhythm section, comprised of Rev. Charles and Leroy Hodges, Archie 'Hubbie' Turner, Michael Toles, James 'JRob' Robertson. Melissa also added some new lyrics of her own, as well as incorporated an assortment of iconic Stax samples in the production of the album."

Other Accolades:

International Entertainer of the Year, 1990 Annual Juno Awards

ASCAP's Songwriter of the Year Award, 1996

Gibson Guitar Award for Best Rock Guitarist: Female, 2001

GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award and Outstanding Music Artist (for Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled), the 17th GLAAD Media Awards, 2006

Honorary Doctor of Music Degree, 2006, Berklee College of Music. She also delivered the commencement address in front of more than 800 graduating students and 4,000 guests.

Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2011

More accomplishments:

Wrote "I Run For Life" in 2005, a song commissioned by Ford Cares as part of their cancer initiative in support of The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atsGh0EykXE

Her song "Monster" was used by the NFL in a J.J. Watt short: https://www.facebook.com/MelissaEtheridge/videos/10153208643962776/

Has performed the National Anthem at various sports events, most recently the Kansas City Royals Opening Game on April 10, 2017, the Kansas City Chiefs/Pittsburgh Steelers game on October 15, 2017, and the Colorado Rockies/Chicago Cubs game on April 20, 2018:

https://www.mlb.com/video/etheridge-sings-national-anthem/c-1269692783?tid=69972428

https://www.facebook.com/fox4kc/videos/10155306608818645/

https://www.facebook.com/janellesjazoils.harris/posts/2080216898886792

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There is so much more to share about Melissa Etheridge, but it would take up more space than we have. Hopefully you get the idea why this incredible musician and human being is overdue her induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 



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