Nineteen artists are vying for the five slots open in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nine are first-time nominees while the other 10 have contended before but failed to make the final cut as decided by 800 music industry professionals. In two separate polls of the rookies and the veterans, we asked you which of these are most deserving of entry. We then pitted the top 10 against each other and here are the results.
Your top choice is rookie nominee Pearl Jam (36%). Sitting 15 points back is another first-time contender Journey (21%). Of those who been in contention before, your favorite for finally making it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is Janet Jackson (16%), who is on her second nomination. Rounding out the top five, and making up your slate of inductees, are first-timer Electric Light Orchestra (9%) and two-time past also-ran Yes (6%).
Sophomore nominee The Cars is at 5%. Two newbies follow – Depeche Mode (3%) and Tupac Shakur (2%). The J. Geils Band, which is on nomination number four, is at just 1% as is one-time past contender Chaka Khan.
Of our top 10 nominees, 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 those snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.)
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.
Gold Derby readers just like YOU often turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, so it’s important that you give us your predictions. You can continue to update and change your forecasts as often as you like before nominations are announced on Dec. 6. Just click “Save” when you’ve settled on your choices. You’ll compete to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate, bragging rights and a place of honor on our leaderboard. Our racetrack odds change as you make your predictions, just as they do when you bet on the Emmys, Oscars, Golden Globes and more. Be sure to read our contest rules and sound off on the Grammy race in our music forum.