Zack de la Rocha & His Rage Against the Machine Band Mates Nominated for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Will the fifth time be the charm for Zack de la Rocha?

The 52-year-old Mexican American musician, singer, songwriter, rapper and activist and his Rage Against the Machine band mates are among this year’s nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Zack de la Rocha x Rage Against the MachineKnown for their songs, which express revolutionary political views, the band has sold more than 16 million records worldwide.

de la Rocha and rock band members are among 17 artists who received a nomination this year. They’re joined by Dolly PartonPat Benatar, Dionne Warwick, Judas Priest, Beck, Eminem, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, A Tribe Called Quest and Duran Duran, among others.

Musicians become eligible for the Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album. Rage Against the Machine has been eligible since 2017.

They were previously nominated in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021, though the bids failed.

“This year’s ballot recognizes a diverse group of incredible artists, each who has had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture,” said John Sykes, head of the foundation that runs the Rock Hall, in a statement.

A roster of five to seven successful inductees will be announced in May, with the annual ceremony to be scheduled for later this year.

This year’s nominees are:

  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • Beck
  • Pat Benatar
  • Kate Bush
  • Devo
  • Duran Duran
  • Eminem
  • Eurythmics
  • Fela Kuti
  • Judas Priest
  • MC5
  • The New York Dolls
  • Dolly Parton
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Lionel Richie
  • Carly Simon
  • Dionne Warwick

Along with the official nominees, the Rock Hall today opened the annual “fan vote” balloting, available at the Rock Hall website. The five artists with the most votes by April 29 will be tallied with the Hall’s official ballots in selecting this year’s inductees.

Within several hours of the fan ballot opening, Pat Benatar, Dolly Parton, Duran Duran, Eurythmics and Carly Simon held the top five spots, with Benatar in a significant lead.

Jessie Reyez to Appear on “Music Inspired By The Film Roma” Album

Jessie Reyez is switching tongues…

The 27-year-old Colombian-Canadian singer appears on Music Inspired By The Film Roma, an album based on Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-nominated film.

Jessie Reyez

The album features artists from across the globe, including Reyez, Beck, Billie EilishEl-PIbeyiLaura MarlingPatti Smith and Unkle

Assembling a mosaic of sounds, Cuarón sought out some of his favorite musical artists to create songs that were inspired by Roma, a black-and-white film that follows the story of a young domestic worker for a middle-class family in Mexico City.

The track listing for Music Inspired By The Film Romaincludes Reyez’s Spanish-language single “Con El Viento.”

Other noteworthy tracks include”Tarantula,” Beck‘s reimagining of the song by 1980s English electro-band Colourbox, “Psycho” by Bu Cuarón, the director’s daughter; Laura Marling’s cover of Mary Hopkin’s “Those Were The Days,” “Cumbia del Borras” by Sonido Gallo Negro, and “La Hora Exacta” by Quique Rangel.

The album will be released on February 8, and is now available for preordering.

Here’s the full track list:

“Tepeji 21 (The Sounds of Roma)” – Ciudad de México
“Wing” – Patti Smith
“Tarantula” – Beck
“When I Was Older” – Billie Eilish
“Psycho” – Bu Cuarón
“On My Knees” – UNKLE featuring Michael Kiwanaku
“Con El Viento” – Jessie Reyez
“Marooned” – El-P & Wilder Zoby
“Cumbia del Borras” – Sonido Gallo Negro
“La Hora Exacta” –  Quique Rangel
“Cleo Who Takes Care Of You” –  Ibeyi
“We Are Always Alone” – DJ Shadow
“Between These Hands” – Asaf Avidan
“Those Were The Days” – Laura Marling
“Roma” – T Bone Burnett

Trujillo & Metallica to Help Launch Citi Sound Vault During Grammy Week

Robert Trujillo is about to get all intimate…

The 52-year-old Mexican American musician and his Metallica bandmates will be getting in the Grammy-spirit with a special performance in Los Angeles.

Robert Trujillo

Next week, Metallica, a legit arena-level act, will play the far more intimate Hollywood Palladium (capacity 3,700) to inaugurate “Citi Sound Vault,” Citi‘s new live music initiative in conjunction with Live Nation whereby card holders can obtain tickets to see major acts play smaller venues.

Coinciding with Grammy week, Metallica will join The Chainsmokers, Beck and Sting as acts set to play between February 8-12 with tickets going on sell already, exclusively to Citi credit or debit card users via Live Nation’s website.

The shows are as follows:

Sting, February 8 -9
Beck, February 10
The Chainsmokers, February 11
Metallica February 12.

Metallica, in fact, will have to sprint from their Grammy awards performance at Staples Center in downtown L.A. to Hollywood to make their Palladium show. Metallica is also nominated for Best Rock Song for the track“ Hardwired.”

“For nearly a decade, Citi has been providing our cardmembers with incredible access to entertainment,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, managing director, media, advertising and global entertainment for Citi, in a statement. “Now we’re excited to take it to the next level to bring cardmembers true once-in-a-lifetime experiences with some of the world’s biggest artists. Citi Sound Vault brings our cardmembers, access they will never forget.”

Diaz Lends Her Voice to Several Tracks on the “Annie” Soundtrack

Cameron Diaz has more than a little (girls) to celebrate…

The 42-year-old half-Cuban American actress, who stars as the notorious Miss Hannigan in the upcoming big screen musical Annie, lends her voice to several songs on the film’s just-released soundtrack.

Cameron Diaz in Annie

Diaz sings “Little Girls,” which has a few new verses — but keeps the same catchy chorus from previous versions.

In addition, she appears on the tracks “Easy Street” and “Who Am I?

The Annie soundtrack arrived Monday (Nov. 17), and now the whole album is available for streaming on Spotify. In addition to classics like “Tomorrow” and “Maybe,” this updated tale of the world’s most beloved orphan also features a few brand-new tracks written by Sia, including “Opportunity,” “The City’s Yours” and “Moonquake Lake“; that last song is performed with Beck.

The film, which opens in theaters Dec. 19, stars Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Diaz and Rose Byrne.

Miguel Releases “Simple Things” Music Video, Featuring Sports Illustrated Model Gigi Hadid

Miguel is sharing some simple things with his fans…

The 28-year-old half-Mexican American singer-songwriter has released the official music video for “Simple Things,” which he recorded earlier this year for Lena Dunham‘s HBO series Girls.


Miguel keeps things simple in the black-and-white cinematic clip, which premiered on YouTube earlier this week.

It begins with Miguel leaving a party while at another place, his on-screen love interest, played by Sports Illustrated model Gigi Hadid, is seen leaving her hotel room.

The two walk through the streets and eventually meet on a beach, where they smile, laugh and spend the rest of the day together.

“Simple Things” appears in Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do…, the soundtrack album that also features songs by Lily Allen, Beckand Jenny Lewis, among others.

Miguel is currently working on his next studio album, which he expects to release this fall. The new record, his third studio effort, will serve as the follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed “Kaleidoscope Dream.”

Miguel Performing at Montreal’s Osheaga Music Festival

Miguel is heading to the Great White North…

The 27-year-old half-Mexican American singer-songwriter will be making an appearance at the Osheaga Music Festival, which is taking place at Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau this weekend, August 2-4.


Miguel will join other acts like Mumford & Sons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Vampire Weekend and Beck after original performer Frank Ocean pulled out.

Ocean’s cancellation came after he suffered a tear to one of his vocal cords. The rapper’s health issue has also forced him to cancel the rest of his Australian tour dates as well as his headlining set at Drake‘s annual music festival, OVO.

Miguel, who is nominated for a BET Award this year, most recently performed at the Young Hollywood Awards.