Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 inductees announced – and Radiohead get overlooked

Nina Simone, Bon Jovi and more will be inducted next year

The final 2018 inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been revealed.

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

After the longlist of nominees was announced in October, it has now been confirmed that the five acts to be inducted next year will be:

  • Nina Simone
  • The Cars
  • Bon Jovi
  • The Moody Blues
  • Dire Straits

They join previously inducted music legends such as AC/DC, Beastie Boys, The Beatles, Elvis, The Who, David Bowie, Nirvana, Velvet Underground, Fleetwood Mac and many more.

Meanwhile, Sister Rosetta Tharpe will also be honoured on the night, inducted into the Hall’s Early Influences wing.

Nominated acts that failed to make the cut include Radiohead, Kate Bush, Rage Against The Machine, Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, MC5, LL Cool J and Judas Priest, among others.

Following their nomination, Radiohead distanced themselves from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and announced that they wouldn’t be attending the ceremony, even if they had been inducted.

Radiohead had responded to their Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame nomination by saying that Dr Dre should have been nominated instead.


Ed O’Brien said: “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. 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?’”