The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced Thursday seven inductees for its 2019 promotion, chosen from a list of 15 nominees. They are the following (drum roll or guitar solo, please):
- The treatment
- Def Leppard
- Janet Jackson
- Stevie Nicks
- Roxy Music
- The zombies
Although the class presents a healthy mix of styles, from Jackson's rising soul to The Cure's post-punk fashion to Radiohead's endless experimentation, some genres were remarkably absent. No rapper made the class – even though LL Cool J was nominated.
John Prine, Kraftwerk, Devo, Cool J LL, MC5, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus with Chaka Khan and Todd Rundgren are among the other nominees.
Artists become eligible for the play 25 years after the release of their first single or album and can be nominated as many times as necessary before their induction. And, in general, it takes a few attempts – so it's remarkable that Def Leppard, Roxy Music and Nicks were nominated for the first time this year. It's also technically Nicks' second entry into the room, since she was inducted with Fleetwood Mac in 1998. And although this is the band's second nomination, Radiohead is the youngest group on the list (they only became eligible in 2017).
It was the second time that The Cure was named and the third of Jackson.
The Zombies, however, are the group that really persevered. The group, perhaps best known for "Time of the Season", became eligible for the first time in 1989. They were nominated four times, their first coming in 2014. Although many acts often do not care ( or pretend not to worry about it) The Hall, The Zombies seemed to be just ecstatic this year.
"You're starting to doubt that it could happen," band singer Colin Blunstone told Rolling Stone on Thursday. "I tried to be philosophical about it and to tell myself that if we are not inducted, it's a bit of fun. Do not take it too seriously. But of course, when you are inducted, everything changes. You think, "It's a career that defines [and] defining moment of life. "
Keyboardist Rod Silver agreed, telling the magazine, "I know in some quarters it's fashionable to say," I do not mind if I go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or not. But that's not what I've ever felt. When we were first appointed, it seemed like a huge honor. And this time, taking the turn and being inducted is fantastic … I'm really happy. "
Of course, some who have been appointed but did not qualify might not feel so happy. Chuck Yarborough of Cleveland.com has written a particularly enthusiastic takedown for not including Rundgren this year. In the article, Yarborough mentions an interview that he performed with the rocker four years ago, in which the musician completely rejected the institution.
"It's always a thorny subject for me. I've never thought that a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland or anywhere else is a good idea, "Rundgren said. "It's not rock-and-roll anymore anyway. What we called rock-and-roll – the original term defined by DJ Alan Freed – meant a certain type of music that Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Elvis [Presley] were playing and this was different from "popular music" at that time. What you have now is a pop music Hall of Fame, and I do not care if I'm in the Hall of Fame for pop music or not. "
The hall has enthralled 323 artists since 1986. However, the electoral system remains oblique. The Hall said its electoral group consisted of "more than 1,000 past winners, historians, and members of the music industry." Since 2012, he has also 'included a vote of the fans, which has no concrete mathematical effect on the result; the five winning artists of the fan vote are compiled into one ballot. This ballot is then taken into account in the total count of more than 1,000 votes of the voting members of the room. "
If that sounds a little confusing, it's because it's – by design. Jon Landau, who runs Bruce Springsteen and chairs the room's nominating committee, told the New York Times in 2011: "We have managed to keep the proceedings non-transparent. Everything is dying in the room. "
The induction ceremony will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on March 29th. It will then be broadcast on HBO.