Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2016 Inductee Steve Miller Asks for More Inclusiveness of Women, Receives Standing Ovation from Sheryl Crow

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2016: Steve Miller Asks for More Women
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04/09/2016 AT 08:55 AM EDT

Singer and songwriter Steve Miller was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Friday night. During his acceptance speech, he didn't shy away from critiquing the Hall of Fame's history with women.

"To the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," the songwriter, 72, said in his acceptance speech. "I encourage you to keep expanding your vision, to be more inclusive of women."

Sheryl Crow, who was seated toward the front of Barclay Center and performed later in the night with Grace Potter, responded with a standing ovation.

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This year's list of inductees – which included Deep Purple, Chicago, N.W.A., and Cheap Trick – received criticism for not featuring any women. In an editorial for Lena Dunham's Lenny, music writer Courtney E. Smith said that  "only 37 female performers and bands with women" have been inducted in the organization's history. (For comparison, a total of 317 groups and individuals have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.)







In his speech, Miller also took an opportunity to thank the women in his life, including his mother and aunt for teaching him how to sing and his wife "for always believing in me, encouraging me to keep working on new music and growing and for sharing your life with me."

The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air April 30 (at 8 p.m. ET) on HBO.

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