Joan Baez - Lead 2016

If you aren't familiar with Joan Baez's work and legacy, now is the perfect time to get acquainted. The folk music singer and social justice icon was just named a 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and if you're wondering why, let us fill you in.

The Big Apple–born legend (pictured below with Bob Dylan) has been performing her songs of protest and activism for over a half a century: If she's not your fave, then she's your fave's fave.

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Some of her most popular tunes are "Diamonds & Rust" and "Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word," but she gained worldwide notoriety in August 1963, when she performed the emblematic hymn "We Shall Overcome" at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. That's where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. presented his historic "I Have a Dream" speech.

Baez then went on to perform at the 1969 Woodstock Festival and has since earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The songwriter isn't the only inductee in 2017, as Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, and Yes are also honorees. Chic co-founding member and master musician Nile Rodgers will accept the Award for Musical Excellence.

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Mark your calendars for April 7, 2017, when the 32nd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will go down at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Later next spring, HBO will air the momentous ceremony. Congratulations to this year's inductees!