Are There Any Artists Newly Eligible For the Rock Hall That Are Worthy of Nomination?

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is going through some big growing pains.

Earlier this year, the Hall announced that they had cut the number of people on the nominating committee by about one-third with critics saying that the majority were those who championed artists from the early years of the rock era. There have also been rumors that the committee would like to change the cutoff date for induction from 25 years to 20 years.

That last change is said to be because there are very few worthy candidates coming up in the next few years and that the artists first eligible for induction for the 2016 ceremony show that this very well could be the reason. Those newly eligible include:
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • Alice in Chains
  • Blues Traveler
  • Blur
  • En Vogue
  • Hole
  • Ice Cube
  • Kid Rock
  • Mariah Carey
  • Moby
  • Nelson
  • Smashing Pumpkins
Of those listed, we could see A Tribe Called Quest making the list but little chance of the others.

Then there are the next couple of years and the pickings aren't that much better. 2016 (2017 ceremony) has Pearl Jam, 2017 has Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine and Beck and 2018 might include Wu-Tang Clan, but that leaves an awful lot of spots open.

So, when the nominations are made in the next few weeks, who is going to make the ballot? We know the artists we've been pushing for awhile but with little success (really, when are they going to recognize progressive and symphonic rock and nominate the Moody Blues, Yes, King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer); however, there is a great website, Future Rock Legends, that keeps close track of the ebbs and flows at the Hall and they have their predictions. 

They are predicting the following fifteen nominees:
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • N.W.A.
  • Pixies
  • Nina Simone
  • Procol Harum
  • J. Geils Band
  • Sonic Youth
  • Rufus With Chaka Khan
  • LL Cool J
  • The Smiths
  • Dick Dale
  • Sting
  • Phish
  • Harry Nilsson
  • Chic
The reasons for their selections can be seen here. Among those missing but mentioned in some of the personal predictions on that page are Bon Jovi, Deep Purple, Joe Cocker, War, the Zombies, Chicago, Roxy Music, Janet Jackson, Kraftwerk, Judas Priest, Carly Simon, the Electric Light Orchestra, the Doobie Brothers and the four progressive/symphonic artists we previously mentioned. 

Nominations have been coming out in the second or third week in October the last few years so stay tuned. 

5 comments

Classic Rock Albums said...

What may help is a change to nomenclature; the very name of the Hall is connotative to a particular genre of music while many of the nominees and inductees cross a much wider spectrum, some without any contribution to the genre itself.

I suggest a name change to The Popular Music Hall of Fame. Change it to a genre that not only includes rock and roll, but hip-hop, rap, soul, R&B, ...pop.

The artists who have who have been nominated, inducted, and even the ones you have listed, are worthy of recognition. While not being overly familiar with all of them, I trust that they have made significant and lasting contributions to the world of music and should be honored.

Changing the name removes a barrier of reluctance that a great many harbor. While this will cause a few to roll their eyes, in light of today's social connotations, why continue to perpetuate the problem? Make it go away the easiest way possible.

If the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were to truly consider the support of that genre's supporters, limiting nominees to that specific genre actually results in the opportunity for more nominees, as you're now operating within a more defined criteria; one that can be modified to include subgenres. They may not hold significant record sales, concert attendance or cultural impact, but they can be considered for their influence, daring, experimentation and perseverance.

Hindsight is 20/20, as the saying goes. But then again, the people holding sway over this "institution" may never have fully had this particular genre at heart to begin with and it has since been (after inducting founding classes in order to avoid slighting artists who may not otherwise be well-known) nothing more than a popularity spectacle.

So why didn't they name it for what they intended? To say it was their intention suggests a lack of information regarding those who created the hall and continue to make the decisions of who is inducted and who isn't.

RockMan said...

I've been saying this for years. It's time to get the remaining significant Rock and Roll artists in and CLOSE THE DOORS. If it's really for Rock we shouldn't have the likes of Madonna, Destiny's Child, Justin Beiber, The Spice Girls, N.W.A. Britney Spears, etc in there. Those artist should have another institution to honor their achievements. Maybe they could call it "The Musically Challenged and Electronically Enhanced Popular Music Hall of Fame".
If you are going to eventually vote everyone into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame then what is the point of having it.

Joe Mac Pherson said...

The Pretty Things, criminally overlooked. The Chiffons, who certainly deserve to be there. Emerson, Lake & Palmer, definitely. And why are Siouxie & The Banshees, The Eurythmics and Ultravox not included? Damn it, The Church are STILL recording high quality music, consistently since 1980! Duran Duran have been recording since 1981, and they're not in? And why oh WHY were The Marvelettes passed up last year- or any year?! They ALL deserve to be there.

Joe Mac Pherson said...

The Pretty Things, criminally overlooked. The Chiffons, who certainly deserve to be there. Emerson, Lake & Palmer, definitely. And why are Siouxie & The Banshees, The Eurythmics and Ultravox not included? Damn it, The Church are STILL recording high quality music, consistently since 1980! Duran Duran have been recording since 1981, and they're not in? And why oh WHY were The Marvelettes passed up last year- or any year?! They ALL deserve to be there.

Terry Hazlett said...

There already is a Pop Music Hall of Fame. Its nominees were announced last week. As it's a newer hall, it's only up to 1975 eligibility, but it has put in some significant acts that were overlooked by the Rock Hall, most notably the Monkees and Chubby Checker.
This year's nominees are Herb Alpert, the Association, Lou Christie, Dave Clark Five, Petula Clark, Sam Cooke, Dion, Fats Domino, Bob Dylan, Four Tops, Connie Francis, Jackson Five, Grass Roots, Tommy James & Shondells, the Lettermen, Barry Manilow, The Rascals, Paul Revere & Raiders, Smokey and Miracles, Neil Sedaka, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Temptations, Three Dog Night, Dionne Warwick.
Just 10 get in (it's all public vote on-line).
Guess Who (who should be in rock hall of fame, were nominated for pop hall of fame last year, but didn't get it. That one doesn't make sense.

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