Stevie Nicks Is Officially The First Woman In The Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame
Buckingham Nicks shows the early emergence of Stevie Nicks' greatest songwriting talents. Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty Images
Coveted former Fleetwood Mac vocalist, and now solo musician Stevie Nicks has yet reached another milestone. Previously having garnered recognition from the Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time, Nicks becomes the first woman to be inducted in the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame twice in a row.
During the ceremony, she and Janet Jackson called out to more women to join them in the ranks predominantly occupied by male bands and artists. The two considered it a big step in empowering women, and challenged the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame to induct more women by 2020.
Stevie Nicks was the first inductee for the night, and already being a Hall of Famer, but as a member of Fleetwood Mac, she was the first woman among 22 men, who has been inducted twice into the Hall of Fame for the accomplishments she has achieved throughout her musical career.
Nicks addressed the women who are in the industry and those who are trying to break in, encouraging them to take the leap of faith, recounting her apprehension as when she first recorded a solo album, while still in the band Fleetwood Mac. She challenged these aspirants by encouraging them to match her accolades, or surpass them even.
“I know there is somebody out there who will be able to do it,“ she declared, promising to open more about her roots and how her journey led to where she was right now. “What I am doing is opening up the door for other women.“
Nicks performed four songs for the ceremony, sporting a cape she bought in 1983 to show off to her thrift-conscious mother that it was still very much wearable, and justifying its $3,000 tag. She was joined by Don Henley for the song “Leather and Lace”, and Harry Styles accompanied her in lieu of the late Tom Petty, performing “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”.