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He's like Springsteen or Prince or Madonna or U2. His combination of enduring popularity, cultural impact and critical acclaim makes him pretty undeniable. So it doesn't matter what you (or I) think. I feel like Jay-Z and Foo Fighters are the two artists that I'd bet will get in this year, but I didn't vote for either. As with my reasoning that the Foo Fighters should not get in before Soundgarden or Jane's Addiction, I also don't think Jay-Z should get in before some artists that preceded him, like A Tribe Called Quest or LL Cool J. Jay will be on the ballot every year until he gets voted in anyway.

As we previously reported, over the weekend, Jay-Z was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The inductee video featured testimonies from A-listers including Former President Barack Obama, Beyoncé, Blue Ivy and celebs John Legend, Diddy, Halle Berry, Regina King, Chris Rock, David Letterman and more congratulated Hov on his induction which he admitted made him teary-eyed.

Jay-Z was humbled by the recognition as he never thought hip-hop would ever receive such high honor.

“Thank you, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for this incredible honor,” Hov said adding per Revolt. “And you know, growing up, we didn’t think we could be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We were told that hip hop was a fad. Much like punk rock, it gave us this anticulture, this subgenre, and there were heroes in it.”

He then continued expressing gratitude to fellow artists and his loved ones for their support and artistry.

“When thinking about what I was going to say tonight, these heroes just kept coming to my mind, Rakim and Big Daddy Kane and KRS-One and Chuck D, and, of course, a fellow inductee, LL Cool J.” The rapper also went on to thank his mother, Gloria Carter, his sister, Annie, Roc Nation co-founder Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith, and DJ Clark Kent for their contributions to his career.

The Grammy-winner also surprised many when he mentioned his former business partner and Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Dame Dash on being a moving force in hip-hop despite their history. “Shout out to Dame, I know we don’t see eye to eye, but I can never erase your accomplishments. And I appreciate you and I thank you for that. Shout out to Biggs. He was one of the most honorable people I’ve ever met and we created something that will probably never be duplicated. I appreciate you guys. Thank you for our journey. Thank you. Thank you for your contribution to this journey.”

Along with Jay-Z, hip-hop legend LL Cool J and Grammy-winning singer Tina Turner were also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Check out some fan highlights from the night: