The nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017 span rock, rap, new wave, punk, alternative, folk, funk and R&B.
Of the 19 nominees, those appearing on the ballot for the first time include Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane’s Addiction, Joan Baez, Journey, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, and Tupac Shakur. Among the previously nominated rock acts in the running for induction next year are The Cars, Yes, The Zombies, J. Geils Band and The MC5. To be eligible, an artist or band has to have released their first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The cutoff for this year’s class was 1991.
Starting October 18 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on December 5, you can vote for your favorites at RockHall.com. The top five artists chosen by the public will make up a “fans’ ballot” that will be included with the other ballots. The final inductees will be announced in December, determined by a voting body of more than 800 artists, music historians and music industry insiders.
The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY in April, and will air on HBO.
Here’s the full list of nominees:
Electric Light Orchestra
J. Geils Band
Source: ABC Air Power: Rock