Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Who’s in? Who’s not? Let’s the debates begin… again.

More than 900 historians, members of the music industry and artists (including every living inductee) have cast their ballots, and the six inductees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 are:

Joan Baez
Electric Light Orchestra
Pearl Jam
Tupac Shakur

Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur were voted in during their first year of eligibility. Electric Light Orchestra and Joan Baez were first-time nominees.

The induction ceremony will be held in April at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

So who are the nominees who are gonna have to wait ’til next year? The ones who didn’t get in?

Bad Brains
The Cars
Depeche Mode
J. Geils Band
Janet Jackson
Jane’s Addiction
Chaka Khan
Joe Tex
The Zombies

Meanwhile, Chic – who have apparently become the Susan Lucci of the Rock Hall – failed to be inducted again, after being nominated for the 11th time. But Chic mastermind Nile Rodgers will be honored with the Award for Musical Excellence.

If you want to know what kind of thinking goes on in the mind of a first-time Hall of Fame voter, check out this story by Jim McGuinn, former WEQX-FM Program Director who now works at The Current, a non-commercial radio station based in Saint Paul.

And what do the fans think? Since 2012, the Hall has asked fans to vote online, and the Top 5 vote-getters on the Fan’s Ballot each receive an extra vote in the overall Induction vote.

Here are the results of this year’s Fan’s Ballot:

1. Journey
2. Electric Light Orchestra
3. Yes
4. Pearl Jam
5. The Cars

  1. Michael Eck says

    Like McGuinn, I’m a voter (second year for me), but only one of my choices made the cut. I don’t reveal all my picks, as he does, but I will say this—kick out the jams, m-fers.

  2. Bill says

    About time Yes made it!

  3. Rick says

    Yes, bout time!

  4. Kirsten says

    Pretty lame group considering they stiffed Chic again

  5. Fred says

    How the J. Geils Band, Chic, Link Wray, and Hubert Sumlin are not in the hall is a travesty. Yet look who runs the hall– that explains everything.

    And some of those on the ballot shouldn’t be on it anyway–Janet Jackson??? The Zombies??? (Didn’t they last barely two albums? It would be like inducting Yasiel Puig to Cooperstown. For a short-lived group with massive influence and indelible style, why not nominate Band of Gypsys???). Kraftwerk????? (What is “rock ‘n’ roll” about about a bunch of guys playing computers/synthesizers???).

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