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KISS: Gene Simmons says hip-hop has no place in 'Rock & Roll Hall of Fame'

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Gene Simmons, 64, front man for rock band KISS, had some very strong words for the selection committee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

According to a March 14, report by The Urban Daily, Simmons expressed his disdain to, about rap music performers being inducted into the Hall.

Simmons said of the Hall and it's rap choices, "A few people decide what’s in and what’s not, and the masses just scratch their heads. You've got Grandmaster Flash in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Run-D.M.C. in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? You’re killing me! That doesn't mean those aren't good artists. But they don’t play guitar. They sample and they talk.”

Simmons didn't stop at rap music, he also took offense to "pop" music inductees, "If you asked Donna Summer, ‘What kind of artist are you?’ do you think she would say ‘rock?’ If you asked Madonna, ‘What kind of artist are you?’ do you think she would say, ‘Oh, rock!’ So what the hell are they doing in the Hall of Fame?"

Simmons' statements appear to imply that his offense is not with the artists, but the artists' genre is not rock music. " It ain't rock! It just isn't! If you don’t play guitar and you don’t write your own songs, you don’t belong there,” Simmons said.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony takes place on April 10, 2014, at New York's Barclays Center. The band KISS will be inducted at the 2014, ceremony.


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