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Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Stevie Nicks (left) and Janet Jackson will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next year

Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced their 2019 inductees. Among them are legendary performers (and LGBTI icons) Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks.

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Both Jackson and Nicks were very excited by the news.

‘I have a lot to say about this,’ Nicks said in a statement. ‘But I will save those words for later. For now I will just say, I have been in a band since 1968. To be recognized for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile. It’s a glorious feeling.’

Jackson took to Twitter to express her gratitude.

‘We did it you guys,’ Jackson wrote. ‘Thank you all for your love and support.’

The induction ceremony will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on 29 March. It will also air on HBO.

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Throughout their careers, both Jackson and Nicks have been supporters of the LGBTI community.

In 2008, Jackson was honored at the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. She has also been a long-time supporter of LGBTI charities like the It Gets Better Project and The Trevor Project.

In 2012, Jackson announced she was working on a documentary called Truth, following the lives of transgender people around the globe.

‘I can’t say that I’m so glad that gay people like my music, because I have never looked at gay people as different from any other people,’ Nicks told OUT Magazine in 2014.

‘We are all one consciousness. The fact that anybody loves my music makes me feel very good, because this is what I do. I didn’t get married, I don’t have kids. I have lots of godchildren, but it is just me and my dogs. And then I have my straight friends and I have my gay friends.’

Earlier this year, Stevie Nicks was portrayed by drag queen Thorgy Thor in RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3.

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