Rock Hall: Radiohead, Roxy Music, Janet Jackson among nominees for 2019

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced it’s latest round of nominees.

Radiohead, Janet Jackson, Rage Against the Machine and Def Leppard are among the top names to make the list for possible induction into the hall in 2019.

The list of nominees is:

Def Leppard
Janet Jackson
John Prine
LL Cool J
Rage Against the Machine
Roxy Music
Stevie Nicks
The Cure
Todd Rundgren
Rufus & Chaka Khan
The Zombies

That list includes a number of artists who have been previously nominated and, for some reason, passed over. The biggest surprise of the bunch is Radiohead, who many have long seen as a first-ballot hall-of-fame act, was passed over in 2017 in its first year of eligibility.

The eligibility requirements are that “an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination,” according to news release.

There are a half-dozen acts making their first appearance on the ballot — even though all six of them have been eligible for quite some time. Those first-timers are Def Leppard, Devo, John Prine, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks and Todd Rundgren. Arguably the biggest surprise in that batch is Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry’s highly influential act that was responsible for most adventurous, influential and just plain amazing music of the ’70s and early ’80s. Yet, Roxy Music hasn’t always gotten its due in the U.S. (But if the Rock Hall of Fame was located in Roxy’s native U.K., the band would’ve been enshrined many years ago.)

The 2019 inductees will be announced in December, with the induction ceremony to follow on March 29, 2019, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on March 29, 2019.

Voting is done by “an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry. Factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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