Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2017 Nominees Announced

Among the first time nominees are Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, Pearl Jam, and Tupac Shakur.

By Staff

The nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 includes classic rockers, punk, funk, folk, post-punk, hip-hop and electronic music. Three classic rock acts who have never made the ballot before—Journey, Steppenwolf and the Electric Light Orchestra make their debut; Yes, the Cars and the J. Geils Band make their return to the ballot after being passed over. Bad Brains are the first hardcore punk rock band to be included (unless you count the Beastie Boys, who started out as a hardcore band before they turned to hip-hop). Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode are on the ballot, as is porto-punk band the MC5. Two nominees got made the ballot in their first year of eligibility: Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2017 Nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1991.

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2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees:

  • Bad Brains
  • Chaka Khan
  • Chic
  • Depeche Mode
  • Electric Light Orchestra
  • J. Geils Band
  • Jane’s Addiction
  • Janet Jackson
  • Joan Baez
  • Joe Tex
  • Journey
  • Kraftwerk
  • MC5
  • Pearl Jam
  • Steppenwolf
  • The Cars
  • The Zombies
  • Tupac Shakur
  • Yes

Beginning October 18 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on December 5, 2016, fans can visit to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2017 inductees. Fans will need to login with a Facebook account or email to vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

Ballots will also be sent to an international voting body of more than 800 artists, historians and members of the music industry. Factors such as an artist’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 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2017 inductees will be announced in December 2016. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2017 Inductions, presented by Klipsch Audio, will be held at the Barclay’s Center in New York in April 2017. HBO will also once again broadcast the ceremony in 2017. Venue and ticket on-sale information will be announced at a later date.


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