The wait is finally over for Janet Jackson fans. Eight years after becoming eligible for consideration, she finally made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot. Among the other 14 contenders for the five slots are N.W.A.,who must be hoping that fourth time is the charm. The profile of this now-defunct hip hop group has been boosted by the summer blockbuster “Straight Outta Compton,” which tells the story of their humble beginnings.
Are you rooting for one of them to make the cut? After reading about the rest of the nominees, vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
Jackson is back in the spotlight touring to promote her new album “Unbreakable,” her first since 2008. Her brothers were inducted as The Jackson 5 in 1997 while Michael Jackson entered as a solo artist in 2001.
Other first-time nominees are: 70s chart mainstays Cheap Trick, Chicago and Steve Miller, 80s New Wave band The Cars, queen of funk Chaka Khan, the still-thriving Los Lobos and James Brown‘s band, The J.B.’s.
Returning contenders include Chic for the 10th time, three-time also-rans Deep Purple and The Spinners and sophomore entries Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths and Yes.
The five inductees will be determined by a group of 800 leading lights in the music biz and by the public who can have their say via the online “fan ballot.” Results will be announced in December with the induction ceremony to take place next April in New York. An edited edition of that music-filled evening will air later on HBO.
Tell us who you most want to see be among the inductees. Then join the fierce debate about these 15 contenders in our forum alongside music insiders who hide behind screen names.