Of the 19 artists nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, nine — Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane’s Addiction, Joan Baez, Journey, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf and Tupac Shakur — are newcomers to this process. For Pearl Jam and Shakur, it’s also their first year of Hall of Fame eligibility (i.e, 25 years after their first record was released).
All our hoping to win over the group of 800 music industry pros who winnow the list down to just five acts for induction. The public is encouraged to have their say via the online “fan ballot.”
The other 10 acts under consideration have been in the running before, be it once in the case of Janet Jackson, The Cars and Chaka Kkan) or 10 times as with Chic. Be sure to vote for your favorite among the returning acts as well so that we can pit the top picks among both against each other.
Of these nine new acts, who are you rooting for to finally make the cut? Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post. (And be sure to vote in our survey of your favorite among the returning contenders.)
The official results will be announced in December with the induction ceremony to take place next April at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. An edited edition of that music-filled evening will air later on HBO.