Kate Bush 'blown away' by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction as she misses ceremony

Virgin Radio

4 Nov 2023, 12:50

Kate Bush, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame logo

Credit: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Legendary artist Kate Bush might not have attended her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, but she shared her elation at receiving the prestigious title in a heartwarming statement shared to fans. 

The star-studded annual ceremony took place at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York last night (3rd November) and featured the 2023 inductees including Bush, Missy Elliot, Sheryl Crow, the late George Michael and Will Nelson.  Sir Elton John’s songwriting partner Bernie Taupin was also honoured for Musical Excellence. 

Kate was noticeably absent from the unveiling of the 2023 class, and despite not making it in-person, she made sure to thank all the voters for ensuring her place in music history. 

Writing a statement on her website, the Running Up That Hill hitmaker said: “I am completely blown away by this huge honour – an award that sits in the big beating heart of the American music industry.

“Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me. I never imagined I would be given this wonderful accolade.”

While admitting she wouldn’t be there on the night, Kate added that “the real honour is knowing you felt I deserved it.”

Being in the midst of some of the greatest musical figures was not lost on Kate, who shared her adoration for Taupin and his work. 

She continued: “When I was growing up my hero was Elton John. I poured over his music, longed to be able to play piano like him and longed to write songs that could move people in the way his work moved me.

"That little girl in South East London could never have dreamed she’d be sharing the event tonight with Bernie Taupin, Elton’s writing partner, an incredible lyricist who inspired me to keep writing songs – to keep trying. Congratulations Bernie! Congratulations to everyone who is being inducted tonight!”

She concluded her statement by saying: “Music is at the core of who I am and, like all musicians, being on the journey of trying to create something musically interesting is rife with feelings of doubt and insecurity.

“I’m only five foot three, but today I feel a little taller.”

Bush has been nominated three times before in 2018, 2021 and 2022 and while she hasn’t released new music recently, her 1985 hit Running Up That Hill saw a resurgence in popularity thanks to the hit Netflix show Stranger Things.

Meanwhile, George Michael won a fan vote to be inducted into the Hall of Fame with 1.04 million votes counted alongside official ballots in deciding this year’s inductees.