Will Dionne Warwick Ever Get Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

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Dionne Warwick: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Facts
Eligible Since: 1988
Finalist: Twice (2021, 2022)
Grammy Awards/Nominations: 5/14
Career Top 40 Hits: 29
Essential Tracks: Walk On By (1964), I Say a Little Prayer (1967), Do You Know the Way to San Jose (1968), I’ll Never Fall in Love Again (1969), Then Came You (1974), I’ll Never Love This Way Again (1979), Heartbreaker (1982), That’s What Friends Are For (1985)
Essential Albums: The Windows of the World (1967), I’ll Never Fall in Love Again (1970), Dionne (1979)

UPDATE: Dionne Warwick has just been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class of 2024! Our original article appears below.

With her soulful voice and captivating presence, Dionne Warwick has left her mark on popular music, carving out a career that spans decades, including hits like “Say a Little Prayer,” “I’ll Never Love This Way Again,” and “That’s What Friends Are For.”

Her cultural impact continues to this day, as the octogenarian has somehow become the Queen of Twitter. Should her legacy include induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

She’s already been nominated twice, in 2021 and 2022. Will next year be the year she is finally selected? Read on for our prediction.

Dionne Warwick’s Rock Hall Credentials

Influenced by gospel music and the harmonies of her family, Dionne Warwick was immersed in music from an early age. In her early years, she navigated the challenges of the music industry, eventually catching the attention of songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

Dionne’s first album came out way back in 1963, the same year the Beatles debuted. Soon after, she was racing up the charts with Hal David-Burt Bacharach compositions like “Walk On By,” “Say a Little Prayer,” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” The partnership between Warwick, Bacharach, and David produced a string of hits that dominated the charts throughout the 1960s.

In the mid-’70s, Warwick experienced a decline in chart success, but she turned that around with the 1979 torch ballad “I’ll Never Love This Way Again,” her first solo Top 10 hit in a decade. The song showcased Warwick’s distinctive voice and her ability to connect with audiences on an emotional level, and kicked off a career renaissance in the ’80s.

Warwick collaborated with numerous artists over the years. Both of her #1 hits were collabs: 1974’s “Then Came You,” with recent Rock hall inductees the Spinners; and “That’s What Friends Are For,” a 1986 song that raised money for AIDS research and featured Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Gladys Knight.

Other memorable team-ups include “Heartbreaker” with Barry Gibb in 1981, “How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye” with Luther Vandross in 1983, “Love Power” with Jeffrey Osborne in 1987, and “Superwoman” with Patti Labelle and Gladys Knight in 1991.

Warwick won five Grammy Awards in her career and two NAACP Image Awards for Entertainer of the Year, as well as People’s Choice Awards and Billboard Music Awards. With 80 charting singles and sales exceeding 100 million records, her success in bridging the gap between R&B and adult contemporary pop was nearly unmatched.

Warwick’s influence is noticeable in the work of several contemporary artists. Alicia Keys has cited Warwick as an influence on her own singing style, while Amy Winehouse covered “Walk on By” in her live performances.

The Case Against Dionne Warwick

For a long time, Warwick was never considered for induction, because being a “rock & roller” was a requirement. But the Hall has relaxed that standard in recent years, opening its doors to singers who had nothing to do with hard rock music, such as Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, and Madonna. So the old argument that Warwick wasn’t “rock” enough no longer holds up.

Today, it’s really hard to come up with any justification for keeping Warwick out of the Hall. Can you think of one? She had commercial success, critical acclaim, lasting influence, a strong voice, and career longevity.

Warwick wasn’t a songwriter, but neither was Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Celine Dion, or any number of other pop divas. That alone would not be a reason to keep someone out of the Hall.

Perhaps the only reason not to honor her would be that she’s said in interviews that she doesn’t care about the Rock Hall. If that’s true, perhaps voters should save the spot for someone who will appreciate it?

She later softened her stance regarding Hall induction after being nominated a second time, saying, “When it’s supposed to happen, that’s when it will happen.”

The Verdict: Will Dionne Warwick Ever Get Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Yes, Dionne Warwick will almost certainly be inducted into the Rock Hall at some point. The fact that she’s been nominated twice is a pretty clear indication that plenty of folks within the voting body believes she’s deserving.

Her credentials are hard to argue against. We just hopes she gets inducted while she’s still here to witness the honor.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Dionne Warwick
Odds of Getting Inducted Next Year: 25%
Odds of Getting Inducted in the Next Five Years: 50%
Odds of Getting Inducted Eventually: 75%

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Last Updated on April 27, 2024

3 thoughts on “Will Dionne Warwick Ever Get Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?”

  1. It saddens me to believe that the trio of Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach and Hal David are not inducted. As you said the hall has soften it’s induction. That’s why I’m twice as shocked that Burt Bacharach and Hal David was never nominated I could be wrong. All three has a resume that’s impeccable and most of there peers are already inducted. What disappointed me with the Hall was when Donna Summer was number one in record sales was nominated but was denied later in that year she passed away. And in the following year but this time she was Posthumously inducted. Donna Summer has earned five Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, three consecutive No. 1’s platinum double albums (she’s the only artist, male or female, ever to accomplish this), 11 gold albums, four No. 1’s. If there’s anyone that deserves to be in the Hall it most definitely should be the great trio of Bacharach David and Warwick. Let’s just pray Dionne gets in while she is still with the living.

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  2. The Carpenters have been overlooked and are in the same category as Dionne Warwick. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame does not honor or respect Adult Contemporary music genre. Barry Manilow is another deserving artist in the same boat. And others…

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  3. Addendum: Johnny Mathis has been sorely overlooked. There is no respect for Easy Listening music. Captain and Tennille Olivia Newton-John and countless others

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