Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2016 Nominees Announced

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for the Class of 2016, and it includes 15 bands and solo musicians – ranging from Deep Purple to the Smiths.

A few observations:

The list includes eight first-time nominees: Chicago, Cheap Trick, the Cars, Chaka Khan, the J.B.’s, Janet Jackson, Los Lobos and Steve Miller.

N.W.A. has been nominated for the fourth time. Will the success of the hit movie “Straight Outta Compton” help them finally get inducted?

Disco pioneers Chic earned their record tenth nomination – the most nominations without being inducted.

Ground-breaking prog-rockers Yes have been eligible for enshrinement since 1994, but this is only their second nomination.

Inductees are selected by the ballots of more than 800 artists, historians and music industry insiders. And for the fourth year, the Hall is asking the fans to join in the voting process. You can GO HERE to vote for the TOP FIVE nominees you think should be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The fan votes will comprise a fans’ ballot that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2016 inductees. Fan voting closes on Wednesday, December 9.

The inductees will be announced in December and inducted into the Hall at a ceremony in New York City in April.

Here’s the complete list of nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2016 class:

The Cars
Cheap Trick
Deep Purple
Janet Jackson
The J.B.’s
Chaka Khan
Los Lobos
Steve Miller
Nine Inch Nails
The Smiths
The Spinners

OVERLOOKED AGAIN THIS YEAR: The Moody Blues, the Pixies, Al Kooper, NRBQ, Weird Al Yankovic, Todd Rundgren, Judas Priest, Gram Parsons, Roxy Music, Warren Zevon, the Replacements, Richard Thompson, the Neville Brothers, Chubby Checker, Blue Oyster Cult…

PS: Right now it looks as though your best chance of catching a nominee in concert around Greater Nippertown is Sunday, November 8, when 10-time Grammy Award-winning funkateer Chaka Khan steps into the spotlight at Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston.

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