We're only about fifteen hours into the fan voting on the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and there are already clear cut leaders.
Fifteen artists were nominated earlier today for possible inclusion in the hall with five eventually getting the nod and the fans are adamant about their five choices.
Chicago leads the list with 15.91% of the vote (866,000 count) but Yes is just slightly behind at 15.56% followed by the Cars (15.44%), Deep Purple (15.35%) and Steve Miller (15.16%).
Then there are the also rans, with Janet Jackson being the only one even close with 9.78%. None of the other nine nominees have more than 3%.
As of 6:05 PM:
- Chicago 15.91% (866083 votes)
- Yes 15.56% (847078 votes)
- The Cars 15.44% (840491 votes)
- Deep Purple 15.35% (835526 votes)
- Steve Miller 15.16% (825680 votes)
- Janet Jackson 9.78% (532524 votes)
- Chaka Khan 2.90% (157862 votes)
- The Smiths 2.29% (124460 votes)
- Cheap Trick 2.00% (108662 votes)
- N.W.A 1.37% (74531 votes)
- The Spinners 1.33% (72213 votes)
- Chic 1.02% (55589 votes)
- Nine Inch Nails 0.90% (49146 votes)
- Los Lobos 0.58% (31333 votes)
- The J.B.'s 0.44% (23721 votes)
- Deep Purple
Finally, the JB's. Yes, they deserve to be in but not this way. Like Yes and N.W.A., it is hard to ignore a band that produced such talents as Bootsy Collins, Bobby Byrd, Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker but they shouldn't have been nominated with headlining names. The JB's should go in as a backing group like the the Famous Flames, the Midnighters, the Miracles, the Comets, the Crickets and the E-Street Band.