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The Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame Museum is committed to the principles of the Truth In Music Act. As such, the R&BMHOFM Board of Directors has carefully defined the eligibility criteria for induction in the R&BMHOFM as follows:
Vocal Group & Singers
As of January 1, 2016 to be considered for induction into the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame, a vocal group nominee must have Rhythm & Blues music as its primary music style or have a minimum of 25 years of history with the Rhythm & Blues music genre or have made a historical contribution and influence on Rhythm & Blues music around the world.
Only original members of the nominated group are eligible for induction into the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame. An original member must have participated in the first commercial recording of the group.
If a performer who is not an original member has been a member of the group for at least 25 years, he or she is also eligible for induction as a part of the nominated group, also according to his or her contributions.
A performer must at least recorded 25 years before induction, for he or she is also eligible for induction as a part of the nominated group, also according to his or her contributions
The Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame Induction Committee will consider all nominations. Final action is the responsibility of the full Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame Museum Board of Directors who alone will determine voting procedures.
Rhythm & Blues Pioneers
This category includes individual artists who may pre-date Rhythm & Blues but who have had a profound impact on the Rhythm & Blues music genre and artists who made significant contributions to the genre but who are not necessarily associated with a particular group.
Non-performers will be considered eligible for induction if they have made a significant and lasting contribution to the genre. Included in this category are songwriters, disc jockeys, producers, record company executives and owners, agents and promoters. Also eligible in this category are other individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to Rhythm & Blues music and the people who performed it.
In the case of a non-performing nominee, the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame Museum Induction Committee will make its recommendation to the R&BMHOFM Board of Directors who will, at its sole discretion, accept or reject a candidate.
The LaMont D. Robinson Humanitarian Award
The LaMont D. Robinson Humanitarian Award was established in 2016 and named after LaMont D. Robinson, founder of The Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame Museum. LaMont’s love of Rhythm & Blues music has help keep the music alive through his annually induction ceremonies, the shows he produced featuring legendary groups and singers who he reunited for performances. As founder of the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame Mobile Museum on Wheels, LaMont is very passionate about sustaining the genre.
The LaMont D. Robinson Humanitarian Award is given to an individual or organization that represents the ideals, values and passion for Rhythm & Blues music that LaMont D. Robinson demonstrated. The award is given at the sole discretion of the R&BMHOFM Board of Directors