Nikki Sixx Revealed Why Mötley Crüe Isn’t Getting in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx is one of the most famous classic rock stars of the 1980s; however, he’s not getting into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame anytime soon. During an interview, he revealed why the people behind the Hall of Fame don’t want him in there. Interestingly, Sixx and fellow Mötley Crüe member Tommy Lee have some criticisms of the Hall of Fame.

Mötley Crüe near a brick wall
Mötley Crüe | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

An incredibly brief overview of Mötley Crüe’s career

Mötley Crüe was a popular band in the 1980s. Six of their singles reached the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, specifically “Home Sweet Home,” “Without You,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Kickstart My Heart,” “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away),” and a cover of Brownsville Station’s “Smokin’ in the Boys Room.” They also released an album that topped the Billboard 200: Dr. Feelgood. Their biopic, The Dirt, introduced them to a new generation. However, plenty of popular bands aren’t in the Hall of Fame.

People from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame had bad news for Nikki Sixx

Sixx gave an interview to Ian Winwood of Kerrang! during a period where his band took a hiatus from live performing. Winwood asked Sixx if his band would ever perform live again. “I was actually doing an interview with Tommy a couple of weeks ago, and we were asked if we would ever play together again,” Sixx responded. “And Tommy said, ​’I don’t know. Maybe if we got into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or something, we could dust off a couple of our old classics.'”

Sixx was incredulous. “I was, like, ​’Really?'” he recalled. “And [Lee] said, ​’Why not?’ But we don’t have any plans because we were told by the Hall of Fame that we would never get in, because of how we’ve acted, so that’s kind of it.”

Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx wearing a bandana
Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx | Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Clear Channel

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What Tommy Lee thinks of getting in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

That interview wasn’t the only time a member of Mötley Crüe discussed the Hall of Fame. During an interview with CLE Rocks, Lee said he’d like to get into the Hall of Fame, even if he and Sixx have some problems with it. “There’s a bunch of people that are in there that [Sixx] doesn’t agree with, and, yeah, I might not agree with that either,” Lee said. “I get his disappointment with that. But at the end of the day, for me, dude, it would be a f—ing honor regardless. Because there is a bunch of people that deserve to be there.”

Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee holding a cane
Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee | Mark Mainz/Getty Images

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Subsequently, Lee said Mötley Crüe always butt heads with some members of the Hall of Fame crowd. He noted some people don’t consider his band to be “the real deal.” He then wondered what “the real deal” even is. Regardless of whether the band gets into the Hall of Fame, they have an enduring catalog of hits.