Sinead O’Connor’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination has been described as “too little, too late” by a leading arts journalist.
On Moncrieff today, Pat Carty said the star would not have accepted the award if she were alive.
Sinead, who died in July of last year aged 56, is nominated this year alongside the likes of Cher, Lenny Kravitz and Oasis.
Mr Carty said the music industry did not value her when she was alive.
“It's too little too late,” he said.
“When the incident happened with her ripping up the picture of the boat on Saturday Night Live, she was vilified in America and her career dropped off – they didn’t pay attention to her after.
“If she was still around, I suspect she would have said thanks, but no thanks – maybe even a bit more colourful than that.”
She wouldn’t have been the first musician to down a nomination either, according to Mr Carty.
“Dolly Parton was nominated a couple of years ago and asked for her name to be taken of the ballot,” he said.
“They had done a lot of shuffling and said it’s not just rock but she said she wasn’t rock and roll – that she was a country artist.
“Cher is nominated and said before that because she was nominated a few times and didn’t get in that ‘I don’t care if they give me a million dollars, I don’t want anything to do with it.”
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Mr Carty said the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which was founded in 1983, has a long history of inducting mostly male artists.
“It was demonstrably a boy’s club until very recently, very much a white boys club,” he said.
“It’s changed a bit now and you can see in the nominees this year, it is a very varied group and rightly so – but that wasn’t always the case.”
Here is the full list of nominees:
- Mary J. Blige
- Mariah Carey
- Dave Matthews Band
- Eric B. & Rakim
- Peter Frampton
- Jane's Addiction
- Kool & the Gang
- Lenny Kravitz
- Sinéad O'Connor
- Ozzy Osbourne
- A Tribe Called Quest
Between four and eight nominees are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame every year which is decided by both a panel of industry experts and a public vote.
If Sinead were to be successful, she would join U2 and Van Morrison as the third Irish artist to ever feature on the list.
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Main image: Sinead O'Connor at the Grammy Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall, 22/02/1989. Image: AP Photo/Alamy