On Tuesday (Dec. 20), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the six acts to be inducted in the spring: Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes. All but Yes, which had lost two previous bids, were first-time contenders.
To be eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an artist must have released their first single or album at least 25 years prior to their nomination, so this year’s honorees date back to 1991 (as in the case of Pearl Jam and Shakur) or earlier.
This sextet was culled from a list of 19 nominees released in mid October. To decide the inductees, ballots were sent to more than 800 music industry insiders around the world. Fans also had a chance to weigh in with their thoughts.
The other four freshman contenders this year were: Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, Jane’s Addiction and Steppenwolf.
Besides Yes, which made it in on its third try, there were nine returning nominees, all of which did not make the final cut. Disco group Chic was in the running for the 11th time, singer/songwriter Joe Tex is now a five-time also-ran, the groups J. Geils Band and Kraftwerk were back for the fourth year, and the sophomore contenders were songbird Janet Jackson, the 80s New Wave band The Cars, queen of funk Chaka Khan, rockers MC5 and the Brit band The Zombies.
The 32nd annual induction ceremony will be held on April 7, 2017 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The ceremony will be broadcast on HBO.