Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
Who’s in? Who’s not? Let’s the debates begin… again.
More than 900 historians, members of the music industry and artists (including every living inductee) have cast their ballots, and the six inductees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 are:
Electric Light Orchestra
Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur were voted in during their first year of eligibility. Electric Light Orchestra and Joan Baez were first-time nominees.
The induction ceremony will be held in April at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
So who are the nominees who are gonna have to wait ’til next year? The ones who didn’t get in?
J. Geils Band
Meanwhile, Chic – who have apparently become the Susan Lucci of the Rock Hall – failed to be inducted again, after being nominated for the 11th time. But Chic mastermind Nile Rodgers will be honored with the Award for Musical Excellence.
If you want to know what kind of thinking goes on in the mind of a first-time Hall of Fame voter, check out this story by Jim McGuinn, former WEQX-FM Program Director who now works at The Current, a non-commercial radio station based in Saint Paul.
And what do the fans think? Since 2012, the Hall has asked fans to vote online, and the Top 5 vote-getters on the Fan’s Ballot each receive an extra vote in the overall Induction vote.
Here are the results of this year’s Fan’s Ballot:
2. Electric Light Orchestra
4. Pearl Jam
5. The Cars