What keeps Stevie Nicks relevant throughout the years?
By: Diane Mata (Features Editor)
Stevie Nicks recently became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a second time for her work as a solo artist. Already being a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac, she is the first woman to join twenty-two men that have been honored twice. Nicks was initially inducted within Fleetwood Mac in 1998.
The ceremony began with a four-song set that opened with “Stand Back” before bringing the Eagles’ Don Henley onstage to sing their duet on “Leather and Lace.” Harry Styles came out for “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” in replacement of the late Tom Petty. Nicks then ended the set with “Edge of Seventeen.”
Singer Harry Styles presented a speech that went on to praise Nicks for her talents in music and her way of being. Including a small anecdote of childhood memories where Stevie Nicks played on a loop, one laughed and agreed as Styles spoke on about her. He called her wise and told you about her magical aura, and one couldn’t help but agree. After all, she was named by the Rolling Stone magazine as “The Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll.”
“She began creating stories that flowed from her heart to her pen, which ended up in our souls, with characters we’d always remember,” Styles remarked. “Classic songs like ‘Silver Springs,’ ‘Rhiannon,’ ‘Gypsy’ and ‘Sara.’ In the 1980s, she released ‘Bella Donna’ — as powerful as the supergroup she was still in. With ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,’ she and Tom Petty took things to another level.”
Yes, they did, but Nicks herself took things to another level. She created history with her second album with Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, which won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and went Diamond in the U.S. Her debut solo album, Bella Donna charted at No.1 on the U.S. Billboard and went Multi-Platinum within months of its release. She is also credited to have produced more than forty Top 50 hits with a sales number surpassing 140 million albums.
Styles wrapped up his speech by saying, “She is more than a role model — she’s a beacon to all of us. Whenever you hear her voice, life gets a little bit better. When she sings, the world is hers, and it is yours…”
Stevie Nicks offered women and young girls around the world an inspiration for success. As she accepted the honor, Nicks spoke of the significance of being the first female to be inducted twice. She went on to state, “What I am doing is opening up the door for other women. The times are different, and it’s going to be hard, but I know someone will be able to do it.”
This could be viewed as a major step towards representation for women in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and everywhere. The first woman to ever be inducted was Aretha Franklin in 1987. Since then, only 44 women or acts including women have joined. That adds up to just 13.6% of the total 322 inductees.
Senior Maritssa Acevedo stated that Stevie Nicks has been someone she can look up to. She added, “When she was coming up, it was more of a ‘mans world’ but she proved herself to be someone special and showed us all we can come up in a man’s world.”
During his speech, Styles explained how Stevie Nicks is both an adjective and a verb. He quoted his father and mother with phrases like, “That was very Stevie Nicks!” and “I Stevie Nicks’ed that so hard.”
So as she made history with her induction and continuously keeps being the Stevie Nicks everyone knows, maybe it is a wakeup call that one should “Stevie Nicks” their life.