The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 19 nominees for its 2018 class this morning, nine of which are receiving first-time nods.
First-time nominees for the prestigious honours include Kate Bush, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Moody Blues, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Aside from them, Bon Jovi, The Cars, Depeche Mode, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, The MC5, The Meters, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Link Wray and the The Zombies been named in the list.
According to a press release, the Hall will again offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning October 5 and continuing through December 5, fans can visit rockhall.com/vote to cast votes for the artistes they believe to be most deserving of induction. The top five artistes, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans' ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2018 inductees. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.
Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 900 artistes, historians and members of the music industry. Factors such as an artiste's musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.
The Hall's 2017 inductees were ELO, Joan Baez, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes, with an Award for Musical Excellence for Nile Rodgers.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees will be announced in December 2017, and the ceremony will be held at Public Auditorium in Cleveland on April 14, 2018. HBO will broadcast the ceremony.