On Tuesday, October 18, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its nominees for induction in 2017. The 19 artists up for consideration are as follows:
Electric Light Orchestra
J. Geils Band
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 nominees must go back to 1991 or earlier.
Nine of the above artists are nominated for the first time: Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane’s Addiction, Joan Baez, Journey, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf and Tupac Shakur. For Pearl Jam and Shakur, it’s also their first year of Hall of Fame eligibility. And for Shakur, 2016 is not only the 25th anniversary of his career as a recording artist, it also marks the 20th anniversary of his death — he was shot in 1996, and the murder has never been solved.
To decide the inductees, ballots will now be sent to more than 800 music industry insiders around the world. Fans also have a chance to help pick the inductees this year. From October 18 to December 5, you can visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website to vote on who the most deserving artists are.
The official Hall of Fame selections will be announced in December, and the induction ceremony will be held in April 2017 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The ceremony will be broadcast on HBO.