Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur Top List of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees
Others getting the nod include Jane’s Addiction, Depeche Mode, Journey, The Cars, ELO and Bad Brains.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for 2017 have been announced, and the list reported by Rolling Stone almost reads like a who’s who of 80s and 90s greats—with some classic artists from the 1960s and 70s for good measure.
Fair warning, this rundown of artists who have obtained enough historical significance in popular music to merit nomination may make some who read it feel, well, kind of old. Here’s the full list in alphabetical order, from the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane’s Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, the Cars, the Zombies, Tupac Shakur and Yes.
As Rolling Stone notes, this is the fifth year in a row in which fans can “vote on RollingStone.com for the nominees they’d like to see inducted.” The five artists and groups who top that tally will be placed on a “fan’s ballot.” That ballot will rank alongside the others in determining who makes it into this upcoming class of Hall of Famers.
The Hall of Fame threw one fun change into the way they work this year. For the first time ever, band members will individually receive the honor, though there’s a limit. One example, reports Rolling Stone, is Pearl Jam. While the grunge rockers have gone through numerous drummers, only original member Dave Krusen and currently active drummer Matt Cameron will be eligible for a Hall of Fame mention.
So you’ve got till December 6th, 2016 to go to Rolling Stone and put your click in for the musicians you love. Get over there and do it now.