Rock and Roll Hall of Fame poll results: Jimmy Buffett edges out Phil Collins to be next male artist inducted

Parrotheads have joined together to proclaim Jimmy Buffett as the male artist they desperately want inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For our recent poll, Buffett received 20% of support and just edges out Phil Collins with 17%.

This poll was our third in the past month asking you to vote for overlooked and egregiously snubbed artists who should finally be inducted into the Hall of Fame. For bands, your top two choices were Bon Jovi and The Monkees. For female artists, it was a close battle between Janet Jackson and Pat Benatar.

Voters have done a nice job in recent years making up for past snubs. Just some of the men who have waited a while but finally received induction have been Neil Diamond (2011), Donovan (2012), Peter Gabriel (2014), Randy Newman (2013), Lou Reed (2015), Steve Miller (2016), Cat Stevens (2014), and Bill Withers (2015).

Last year’s nominee list was announced in mid-October, so that could very well be the timeline for a 2018 short list. Actual inductees are traditionally revealed from that short list in mid-December.

Here are descriptions of the 12 men in our poll and their poll percentages:

JIMMY BUFFETT (20%)
Eligible since 1995. Top songs include “Changes in Latitudes,” “Come Monday,” “Margaritaville,” “Volcano.” Nominated for two Grammy Awards with no wins.

PHIL COLLINS (17%)
Eligible since 2006 (inducted with Genesis in 2010). Top songs include “Against All Odds,” “In the Air Tonight,” “Sussudio,” “Take Me Home.” Nominated for 24 Grammy Awards with seven wins.

JOE COCKER (15%)
Eligible since 1994. Top songs include “Feeling Alright,” “The Letter,” “Up Where We Belong,” “With a Little Help from My Friends.” Nominated for seven Grammy Awards with one win.

GEORGE MICHAEL (13%)
Eligible since 2012. Top songs include “Careless Whisper,” “Faith,” “Father Figure,” “Freedom.” Nominated for eight Grammy Awards with two wins.

WARREN ZEVON (12%)
Eligible since 1994. Top songs include “Hasten Down the Wind,” “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” “Lawyers, Guns and Money,” “Werewolves of London.” Nominated for five Grammy Awards with two wins.

STING (8%)
Eligible since 2007 (inducted with The Police in 2003). Top songs include “Bring on the Night,” “Fields of Gold,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You,” “If You Love Somebody.” Nominated for 30 solo Grammy Awards with 10 wins.

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LIONEL RICHIE (7%)
Eligible since 2006. Top songs include “All Night Long,” “Endless Love,” “Hello,” “Say You, Say Me.” Nominated for eight Grammy Awards (during his solo career) with two wins.

LL COOL J (2%)
Eligible since 2009. Top songs include “Ain’t Nobody,” “Going Back to Cali,” “Mama Said Knock You Out,” “Rock the Bells.” Nominated for nine Grammy Awards with two wins.

BILLY PRESTON (2%)
Eligible since 1988. Top songs include “Nothing from Nothing,” “Outa-Space,” “Will It Go Round in Circles,” “With You I’m Born Again.” Nominated for nine Grammy Awards with two wins.

BOZ SCAGGS (2%)
Eligible since 1990 (inducted with The Police in 2003). Top songs include “Breakdown Dead Ahead,” “Lido Shuffle,” “Look What You’ve Done to Me,” “Lowdown.” Nominated for six Grammy Awards with one win.

GERRY RAFFERTY (1%)
Eligible since 1996. Top songs include “Baker Street,” “Days Gone Down,” “Night Owl,” “Right Down the Line.” Nominated for three Grammy Awards with no wins.

BARRY WHITE (1%)
Eligible since 1998. Top songs include “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe,” “Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up,” “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything.” Nominated for 11 solo Grammy Awards with two wins.

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