Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Moves Into New Era With Latest Batch of Nominees

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Moves Into New Era With Latest Batch of Nominees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has released its list of 2017 nominees, and with titans like Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Jane's Addiction making the inital cut, it's clear that the Hall is ready to canonize the 1990s. To be eligible for inclusion, an artist must have released a first single or album 25 years prior to the year of the nomination announcement; in this case, 1991 or earlier. Other first-time nominees include Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Journey and Steppenwolf. The repeat nominees are Janet Jackson, The Cars, The Zombies, Yes, Chaka Khan, Chic, J. Geils Band, MC5 and Joe Tex.

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The 2017 inductees will be announced in December, and the induction ceremony will take place next April in Brooklyn's Barclays Center. The inductees are selected by a panel of more than 800 artists, historians and influential figures within popular music. A fan vote hosted by Rolling Stone magazine will determine one of the official ballots, but giving the public one ballot out of more than 800 isn't a very substantial way to include fans in the selection process. It also doesn't help the Hall's stuffy reputation. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame traditionally has stayed true to its name, tending to open its doors the widest for guitar-based acts rather than influential hip-hop or electronic groups. Last year it was criticized for its lack of gender diversity, particularly by Steve Miller in his induction speech. “I encourage you to keep expanding your vision, to be more inclusive of women,” he said, later complaining that the Hall wasn't as accommodating to his family or his band as it should have been. N.W.A. felt similarly. Though they were inducted, they refused to perform, citing the Hall's failure to meet their standards. “I guess we really didn't feel like we were supported enough to do the best show we could put on,” said Ice Cube. Out of 19 nominated acts, this year's batch of hopefuls includes one hip-hop artist , and four women or woman-fronted groups . Jackson and Khan were both nominated in 2016 but were not inducted. Recent female in…

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