ICONIC band Duran Duran has been nominated for the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, for announcing an unprecedented project.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a museum located in downtown Cleveland that pays homage to musical legends both dead and alive.
Each year, a new class is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and British bands are shortlisted.
Lead singer Simon Le Bon said just being nominated was an ‘honour’ I never expected to experience. “
“But certainly, this difference is in large part due to the fact that we have an army of fans around the world who have supported us for the past four decades.
“We are all incredibly grateful to all of you for making this happen.”
Formed in 1978, Duran Duran was a British new wave band that was in charge of the part of the Second British Invasion of the United States during the 1980s.
After selling more than 100 million records during his career, Duran Duran is one of the best-selling artists in the world.
But they face some stiff competition to make it into the Hall of Fame, going up against the likes of Dolly Parton and Eminem.
Other artists nominated include, Pat Benatar, Beck, Lionel Richie, Kate Bush, Carly Simon, Dionne Warwick, Eurythmics, A Tribe Called Quest, Fela Kuti, DEVO, Judas Priest, MC5, New York Dolls and Rage Against The Machine.
To qualify for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an artist or band must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years before they are nominated.
The Hall of Fame inductees will be announced in May, with the annual celebration held in the fall.
Since a Hall of Fame nomination isn’t big enough news for the band, they’ve also announced a unique world-first project that will connect the NFT with newly planted native trees in New Zealand.
This initiative is part of a larger initiative to start new micro-forests around the world.
Microforests are small-density plantings that are being planted around the world to improve biodiversity and combat the climate crisis. They grow faster and become denser and more conventionally planted biodiversity trees.
Duran Duran will kick it off by giving away digital owners an existing Invisible NFT collection, released last year in support of the band’s 15th studio album, Future Past.
Each of the 100 people who purchased one of the invisible NFTs will receive a brand new eco-friendly NFT featuring themed artwork designed by the AI artist Huxley.
Along with the NFT, a live tree will be planted by local students in Jardine Park, Queenstown, New Zealand.
Each new tree will be tracked on the blockchain through the respective NFT, and the band will donate 100% of the proceeds from the secondary sale to build more mini-forests.
“Like nature, technology finds a way to thrive, and when innovative new ideas can be used to help our planet in positive ways, we should seize the opportunities. there,” said Nick Rhodes, co-founder and keyboardist of Duran Duran.
“Connecting physical trees to blockchain is a whole new way to create awareness through art and at the same time engage the local community to plant more trees to benefit the environment.”
https://www.thesun.ie/tvandshowbiz/8306520/duran-duran-2022-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-project/ Duran Duran introduced the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame when they announced the new project