Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Announced for 2017


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Announced for 2017

–Joe Lund

Steppenwolf, the Zombies, Yes, the Cars, and the J. Geils Band are among the artists nominated for 2017 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rounding out the list of nominees are Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Pearl Jam, Depeche Mode, Tupac Shakur, Jane’s Addiction, Chic, Chaka Khan, Bad Brains, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Kraftwerk, Janet Jackson, and MC5.

As with the previous four years, fans will have a voice in the induction results. From now until December 6, the public can cast their vote on one ballot per day at the Rock Hall website. The resulting votes will be consolidated into a single ballot, which will then be cast alongside hundreds of others submitted by music historians, industry insiders, and artists–including all living Rock Hall inductees. Last year, Chicago was the beneficiary of the fan vote.

To be eligible for 2017 induction, a band or artist must have released an album or single in 1991 or earlier. One special note: reflecting a change in policy, the Rock Hall is announcing specifically which individual band members will be honored with induction, should the group in question be voted in. For instance, original Yes singer Jon Anderson is on the ballot; the band’s current singer, Jon Davison, is not. The 2017 inductees will be announced in December, with formal induction taking place at a ceremony in April. HBO will broadcast the ceremony later in the year.