Of the 15 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2019 class, only a handful of acts – traditionally five or six – will actually be inducted. That means that many qualified candidates from the list of nominees, announced Tuesday, won’t make it into the Rock Hall.
Just ask Janet Jackson, Radiohead, LL Cool J, The Zombies, MC5 and Rufus with Chaka Khan. These names appear on the 2019 shortlist and have all been nominated in previous years as well, with LL Cool J and Khan each earning their fifth nominations this year.
To be eligible for the Rock Hall, acts must have released their first recording 25 years prior, which means that artists who made their debut in 1993 are now in the running. And for all the names that earned their first Rock Hall nomination this week – including Todd Rundgren, John Prine, Devo and Roxy Music – a number of others were left off the list.
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Starting Oct. 9, the public can visit rockhall.com to cast their votes for who they would like to see in the Class of 2019. Voting ends Dec. 9, and the top five artists as voted on by fans will also be taken into consideration alongside those chosen by designated voters in the music industry.
Whether it’s their first year of eligibility or they’ve been vying for a nomination for years, these 15 names, all left off the list, could easily have gone head-to-head quality-wise with the list of this year’s potential inductees.
This is the first year that Beck is eligible for the Rock Hall – his first album “Golden Feelings” came out in 1993 – and while it seems likely that the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will be nominated at some point, 2018 wasn’t his year.
Another newly eligible band, Blink-182 hasn’t seen many other bands of their ’90s pop-punk generation make it to the Rock Hall, save for Green Day in 2015.
The classic ’90s hip-hop group began planning their nomination campaign years ago, and considering the hip-hop genre is a relatively new addition to the Rock Hall, their generation of rappers deserve recognition.
Grunge icons Nirvana and Pearl Jam have already made it to the Rock Hall, but how the committee treats the Counting Crows and the generation of ’90s alt-rockers that arrived in grunge’s wake remains to be seen.
Dave Matthews Band
Similarly, DMB’s jam band brethren haven’t had a ton of luck making it into the Rock Hall, though they have achieved more charts success than groups like Phish, who became eligible for nomination in the ’80s and have yet to appear on a shortlist.
There’s a noticeable lack of ’80s British new wave in the Rock Hall. And while this year’s nominations of The Cure and Devo are steps in the right direction, that leaves bands like Depeche Mode, along with Duran Duran, New Order and The Smiths, on the snubs list.
With Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 2012 induction and Rage Against the Machine’s nomination this year, the next Los Angeles rock group of this generation to make the Rock Hall should be Jane’s Addiction, which was last nominated in 2017.
Can Buckley make it into the Rock Hall on the strength of a single album? Fans of “Grace,” his beloved debut and only full-length release before his death in 1997, would certainly say so.
The influential rockers have been eligible since 1999, and considering the number of other heavy metal acts that have made it in the Rock Hall – including Black Sabbath, Metallica, Deep Purple and Kiss – Judas Priest belongs in the mix as well.
Also nominated last year, Bush may be more familiar to UK listeners than in America, but her hugely influential discography, which continues to inspire some of the most interesting contemporary pop artists today, more than qualifies as Rock Hall material.
Nine Inch Nails
The band that made industrial rock mainstream, Trent Reznor and Co. have been nominated twice, with no dice.
Perhaps the year’s biggest snub of a newly eligible act goes to Outkast, though it seems unlikely that the group’s Big Boi and Andre 3000 will be excluded from the Rock Hall for long.
Newly eligible this year, Crow has all the critical love and the commercial hits she needs to make it into the Rock Hall.
Snoop took the stage at the Rock Hall induction ceremony in 2017 to deliver a moving tribute to his friend Tupac Shakur. Newly eligible this year, it’s time that Snoop gets his own tribute at a Rock Hall induction in the near future.
Until Janet Jackson gets inducted into the Rock Hall, one of the many names whose recognition is long overdue, there should be an honorary moratorium on any other R&B artists out of respect. That being said, Usher did become eligible this year, and how the Rock Hall treats the radio-friendly R&B artists of his generation will be interesting to watch.