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Singer Chaka Khan performs during the 11th season finale of 'American Idol' in Los Angeles, California, May 23, 2012. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

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4 seminal performances from women nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2017

October 18, 2016

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced 19 nominees for its class of 2017 on Tuesday morning, including at least five women musicians. Ten-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan and pop queen Janet Jackson received their second nominations respectively from the rock hall, and iconic folk singer Joan Baez was nominated for the first time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was criticized this year for not including any women in its 2016 class. So the trio is baby steps, we guess. There are at least two other women who have a shot and rock hall glory — since the hall of fame for the first time in 2017 is honoring the individual artists from each inducted band — and they are Kim Davis and Folami Ankoanda of the disco/funk band Chic. Fans can influence the outcome once again this year by voting online at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website, so make sure to cast your vote and help women be represented at the 2017 induction.

Now, without further ado, here are four seminal performances from the female nominees.

“Got ‘Til it’s Gone,” Janet Jackson, 1997.

This little ditty features rapper Q-Tip and music legend Joni Mitchell, a 1997 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, who lent a famous line from her 1970 song “Big Yellow Taxi” to song’s title and chorus.

“I’m Every Woman,” Chaka Khan, 1978.

This anthemic song came from Khan’s debut solo album and enjoyed a resurgence in 1993 when Whitney Houston recorded a cover version for the soundtrack of The Bodyguard.

“Diamonds & Rust,” Joan Baez, 1975.

Watch Baez perform the title track, about her relationship with Bob Dylan, from her 1975 album live below.

“Le Freak,” Chic, 1978.

Watch Davis and Ankoanda “freak out” in this disco classic.


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