The nominees for the 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame have been revealed.
To be eligible to enter the hallowed hall, an artist’s first commercial records need to have been released 25 years ago, in 1993.
As a result, first time nominees for the next run include Devo, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks, Todd Rundgren, John Prine, and Def Leppard. Returning artists who have been nominated before include Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Janet Jackson, the Cure, Kraftwerk, MC5, Rufus & Chaka Khan, LL Cool J, and the Zombies.
Kate Bush and Jeff Buckley are among those to have been snubbed.
Fans can vote for who they want to enter here, before the final inductees are revealed in December. There will then be a ceremony with performances next year.
Last year saw Nina Simone, The Cars, Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues and Dire Straits all inducted – with Radiohead, Kate Bush and Depeche Mode among those overlooked.
“As a British band, it’s one of those things that it’s very lovely to be nominated, but we don’t quite culturally understand it,” said Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien last year, after revealing that they would not be attending. “It’s a very American thing. Us Brits are very bad at celebrating ourselves.”
He added: “One of the things I’ve always loved about coming over to America is American bands you can always have a really good chat with and you could talk. With British bands, there was a lot of hostility. It’s in our DNA to be a little ambivalent with award ceremonies. We haven’t had great experiences. I would never want to disrespect anything because obviously some amazing artists have been nominated. But if I’m honest I don’t understand it. It’s just kind of a British person going, ‘Okay, thanks, what does this mean?’”
O’Brien added: “It’s a little bit thin on black artists and hip-hop artists. I’m just speaking as a fan of American music, I would have thought that Dr Dre should have been in there two years ago. His name should be first on the list way ahead of Radiohead.”