Today, the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame announced the nominations for induction in 2018. In order to be eligible for nomination, each of the nineteen acts had to have released their first commercial recording at least twenty-five years before the year of induction, meaning that all of the nominees this year made their commercial debut by 1992 or earlier. For this year’s list, predictably, the musicians nominated are an eclectic mix spanning both decades and genres.

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New to the mix are Radiohead and Rage Against The Machine, with both renowned contemporary acts getting the nod during their first year of eligibility. Other new nominees include Judas Priest, though this seems unlikely given that few metal acts have made the cut, with Black Sabbath taking eight nominations before earning its induction; Nina Simone, a hugely influential singer who has shockingly not been nominated since her eligibility period began back in 1986; Kate Bush, an experimental singer-songwriter/producer who has been regularly cited as a huge influence on many artists who have come after her; and The Moody Blues, an English rock band that is largely credited with creating the first concept album with their 1967 release, Days Of Future Passed, which fused rock with classical music.

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Funk is represented by two acts who have regularly picked up nominations over the years. First up is the pioneering and legendary New Orleans funk act The Meters, who were first nominated in 1997 and again in 2013 and 2014—their well-deserved induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame would be particularly meaningful this year when considering that the iconic keys player, Art Neville (also known as “Poppa Funk”) turns 80 this year and in recent months has had to cancel appearances due to health concerns. The other funk act who received a nomination is Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, the Chicago-based funk act that launched Chaka Khan’s career—the past two years, Khan has been nominated as a solo artist, though in 2012, whe was nominated with Rufus.

This list of nineteen nominees into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame will be voted on by a collection of over nine-hundred artists, historians, and other key people in the music industry. The voting body will then select their choices for induction based on a number of factors such as musical influence, career length and depth, and music in and of itself, including parameters such as “innovation and superiority in style and technique.” Fans following this year’s Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame nomination process can take part by casting their votes here through December 5—fan votes will collectively count as one vote within the voting body. The inductees chosen will be revealed at the end of the year in December, and the ceremony for induction will take place at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland on April 14th, with HBO airing the ceremony to audiences nationwide.


You can check out the full list of nominees for 2018 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame below:

  • Bon Jovi
  • Kate Bush
  • The Cars
  • Depeche Mode
  • Dire Straits
  • Eurythmics
  • J. Geils Band
  • Judas Priest
  • LL Cool J
  • MC5
  • The Meters
  • Moody Blues
  • Radiohead
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
  • Nina Simone
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  • Link Wray
  • The Zombies

[H/T Billboard]