The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 are here — and once again, fans can vote for their favorites. Just like last year, there are 19 nominees on the ballot. Top noms include Dire Straits, Kate Bush, the Eurythmics, The Moody Blues, and Radiohead. The rest of this year’s noms, in alphabetical order, are Bon Jovi, The Cars, Depeche Mode, J. Geils Band, Judas Priest, LL Cool J, The MC5, The Meters, Rage Against The Machine, Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Link Wray, and The Zombies.
Most nominees have hi-res listening options available at 192/24, 96/24, et al, so we here at HRAC suggest you do your fair share of due listening diligence before/while you get to your daily voting regimen.
The top votegetters will be announced in December and inducted next April at a ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. HBO will broadcast the ceremony later in 2018.
For the sixth consecutive year, the public can vote alongside the more than 900 artists, historians, and music-industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body. From now until early December, fans can vote once a day for the five nominees they’d like to see inducted. The top five acts will then comprise a “fan’s ballot” that will count as one of the ballots that determine the class of 2017. Voting is available at vote.rockhall.com — so get to it!
(Care to guess which five nominees your HRAC CCO will be voting for each day? Though, come to think of it, much like I did last year, I may rotate through some of them. . .)
To be eligible for this year’s ballot, each nominee’s first single or album had to be released in 1992 or earlier. Some of the nominees have appeared on previous ballots, but this is the first appearance for Kate Bush, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, The Moody Blues, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Nina Simone, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Radiohead and Rage Against The Machine are the only acts to appear on the ballot in their first year of eligibility, while this marks the fifth appearance for the J. Geils Band, the fourth for LL Cool J and The Meters, the third for The Cars, The MC5, and The Zombies, and the second for Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan, and Link Wray.
Last year’s Hall of Fame class included Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Yes (in the Performer category), and Nile Rodgers (Award for Musical Excellence).