The always-debated nominees for this year’s possible inductee class into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame were announced today with alternative greats Pearl Jam, Jane’s Addiction, and Depeche Mode are included on the list of nominees along with rap icon Tupac Shakur, hardcore punks Bad Brains, pop princess Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan, Chic, J. Geils Band, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Kraftwerk, MC5 and Steppenwolf. Rolling Stone reported that the inductees will be announced in December, with the induction ceremonies being filmed for HBO before January. You can vote here at the bottom of the page.
This is a tremendous honor that puts your name up with music royalty like the Beatles, Led Zepplin, and many other great musicians. Yet it’s also the time-oriented reminder that some of your favorite bands have been going a LONG time. And then you feel old for liking them or getting excited about this fantastic award they may receive? Really just forget that. Great music should be celebrated and cherished. That’s what this Hall of Fame should be about and hopefully that’s why people take it so seriously.
This time of year around this announcement also stirs up the conversation of who is not getting inducted and who already has been inducted in the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Widely beloved bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Bob Marley, Nirvana, Metallica, Kiss, and many more have been honored. You can actually see and search through the official list at the R&R HOF website here. If your blood is already boiling and your screaming at your screen about your favorites not getting the nod, well check out our pals Consequences of Sound and their look at the worst snubs in the Hall’s history.
RHCP celebrated their HOF induction with special guests including Slash from Guns & Roses joining them for their classic rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” in 2012.
Green Day pay tribute to the Ramones during their memorable induction with a medley of the Ramones best hits in 2002.