Folk, new wave, hip-hop, R&B, heavy metal and classic rock ’n’ roll are all represented by the latest list of nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Stevie Nicks (already an inductee as a member of Fleetwood Mac), Def Leppard, John Prine, Roxy Music, Devo and Todd Rundgren serve as the first-time nominees for the 2019 class.
Other artists and groups such as Janet Jackson, Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine are back for another chance at induction. Among the multiple-time hopefuls is rapper LL Cool J, who was nominated for a fifth time, and would become the seventh hip-hop act inducted, the first since Tupac Shakur in the class of 2017.
The process of nomination begins with artists becoming eligible for nomination 25 years after the release of their first recording. Ballots are then sent to an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, historians and music industry figures who consider, “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,” the Rock Hall said. From there, they choose the most deserving of induction into the prestigious Hall of Fame.
The final list of inductees, which typically includes five artists, will be announced in December. The 2019 induction ceremony is scheduled for March 29th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Cuts from the show will be broadcast later by HBO and SiriusXM radio.