Today, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced the Inductees for the Class of 2018. Five artists from the ballot are included in the Performer Category, and one individual is recognized with an Award for Early Influence.
Award for Early Influence:
- Sister Rosetta Tharpe
We here at HRAC are quite pleased with this class, as many of them have hi-res listening options available as we speak. And three of them — Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, and Bon Jovi — have great surround sound mixes available on Blu-ray, DVD-A, DVD-V, and/or SACD (as does much of the solo catalog of Mark Knopfler, the Dire Straits’ bandleader).
The 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Public Auditorium in Cleveland. The Rock Hall will host a week of events leading up to the celebration, including the unveiling of the 2018 Inductee exhibit and Hall of Fame floor.
Ticket on-sale dates will be announced soon. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Induction Ceremony will again have its television premiere on HBO, and a radio broadcast on SiriusXM. Broadcast details will also be announced later.
Four of the Inductees were on the ballot for the first time: Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Additionally, the top five artists, as selected by the public, comprised a fans’ ballot that was tallied along with the other ballots to determine the 2018 Inductees. Four of the top five artists from the fan ballot (Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, and The Cars) will be inducted as performers in 2018.
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.
To be eligible for Induction, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of induction. The 2018 Nominees had to release their first official recording no later than 1992.
Ballots were sent to an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, including current living Inductees, historians, and members of the music industry. Factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length, and depth of career and the body of work, innovation, and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.
We here at HRAC officially congratulate all the Class of 2018 Inductees.