The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame just announced six artists have been inducted into the Performer Category and one individual is recognized with an Award for Musical Excellence for the Class of 2017. The list of Inductees are, as follows:
• Joan Baez
• Electric Light Orchestra
• Pearl Jam
• Tupac Shakur
Award for Musical Excellence:
• Nile Rodgers
The 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, for the third time. Ticket on-sale dates will be announced in January. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2017 Induction Ceremony will again have its television premiere on HBO, and a radio broadcast on SiriusXM. Broadcast details will be announced in early 2017.
In an interview I conducted with Jon Anderson, former lead vocalist of Yes in November 2015, I mentioned the possibility of Yes finally getting into the Hall of Fame, and he replied, “From your mouth to God’s ears!” (Looks like somebody heard us out there…) And Gregg Rolie, former keyboardist/vocalist of Journey, said to me just this past November that he felt it would be a “great, great honor” to get into the Hall with his onetime bandmates. Congratulation Gregg, and congrats to all the 2017 honorees!
Artists are eligible for inclusion in The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first recording. The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Performer Inductees were chosen by more than 900 voters, as well as the aggregate results of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s online fan vote, which I discussed in a post here here this past Saturday. The top five artists from the fan vote comprised the Fans’ Ballot that was tallied alongside the other ballots to determine the 2017 Inductees. Four of the winners of the Fans’ Ballot — Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, and Yes — will be inducted as performers in 2017, so it’s nice to see the official voting bloc is aligning more with who we the people want to see in the Hall. Hear, hear!
A limited number of presale tickets will be available for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members in advance of the public sale date. To be eligible for the member presale, you must be an active Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member by December 31, 2016. Additional public ticket details and presale offers will be announced in the future. The special exhibition on the 2017 Inductees will open at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on March 30, 2017.
Klipsch Audio, a leading global speaker and headphone manufacturer, is a strategic partner and presenting sponsor of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, its Induction Ceremony events and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Main Stage.