Judas Priest’s Rob Halford shares Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rejection letter

Frontman says his band "deserve" to be inducted

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has shared the rejection letter his band received after being overlooked for next year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Earlier this week (December 13), it was announced that the five acts to be inducted in 2018 are Bon Jovi, Nina Simone, The Cars, The Moody Blues and Dire Straits. Sister Rosetta Tharpe will also be honoured at next April’s ceremony, inducted into the Hall’s Early Influences wing.

Judas Priest were overlooked alongside the likes of Radiohead, Kate Bush, Rage Against The Machine, Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, MC5 and LL Cool J.


Responding to the snub, Halford told Phoenix radio station 100.7 KSLX that he would have “loved” to have been picked and thought his band “deserve it”.

“We’ve put our 10,000 hours in and more,” he said. “Beyond that, we just feel that heavy metal music deserves more space on shelves at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

“We were thrilled and honoured to be even nominated,” Halford added, “so it’s kind of bittersweet. We got the nomination, which is something of a recognition for the work that you’ve done, but we didn’t quite get in this time, but I’m hopeful that eventually we’ll get some more metal.”

Watch Halford speak about it in the video below and see the rejection letter his band received.


*ROB HALFORD* of JUDAS PRIEST shares his "REJECTION LETTER" from the 'ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME' with Mark & NeanderPaul on 100.7 KSLX, Phoenix. MUST SEE!!! (Video by Kenny HB Johnson)

Posted by Mark & Neanderpäul on Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thank you for embracing your nomination for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While you didn’t garner enough votes for induction this year, you were part of a very select group of Hall of Fame nominees. Artists are frequently on the ballot multiple times before they are inducted. For example, Black Sabbath were nominated eight times before their induction, Patti Smith seven times, Solomon Burke nine times, and both the Beastie Boys and The Yardbirds were on the ballot three times before their respective inductions.

If you are touring or simply traveling nearby, please visit our museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Our six floors of exhibitions tell the remarkable history of rock and roll and how it changed the world. You’re part of that story and we’d love to share it with you. Again, congratulations on your nomination.

My best,

Greg Harris, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The 33rd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on April 14, 2018 at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio.