PEARL JAM, Tupac Shakur, DEPECHE MODE, ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA, JANE’S ADDICTION, Janet Jackson, JOURNEY, THE CARS, THE ZOMBIES and YES are among the nominees for the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The artists who accumulate the most votes will be announced this coming December and inducted into the Rock Hall in April at a ceremony in New York.
To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2017 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1991.
For the fifth consecutive year, the public will have the opportunity to vote alongside the more than 800 artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body. From now until December 6, fans can vote on RockHall.com for the nominees they’d like to see inducted. The top five acts will comprise a “fan’s ballot” that will count as one of the ballots that determine the class of 2017.
The induction ceremony again will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
If PEARL JAM are inducted, it will be with current drummer Matt Cameron and founding drummer Dave Krusen only out of the band’s five stick men.
Only the classic Steve Perry lineup of JOURNEY is listed, along with founding keyboardist/singer Gregg Rolie. As for YES, original singer Jon Anderson is on the ballot along with drummers Bill Bruford and Alan White, keyboardists Tony Kaye and Rick Wakeman, guitarists Steve Howe and Trevor Rabin and bassist Chris Squire.
Strangely, bands such as IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, PANTERA, MEGADETH and SLAYER have yet to be nominated.