And The 2016 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees Are…
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame unveiled a diverse list of nominees for its Class of 2016, including first-timers Janet Jackson and The Cars. For the fourth straight year, the public has a voice in the decision. Between now and Dec. 9, fans can cast votes on the Hall of Fame website to help 800 artists, music industry insiders and historians determine who will be inducted. Other first-time nominees on the 2016 list include Cheap Trick, Los Lobos, Steve Miller, Chaka Khan, The J.B.’s and Chicago. Artists back for another round include N.W.A, Nine Inch Nails, Deep Purple, The Spinners, The Smiths and Yes. Disco powerhouse Chic is on the ballot for the 10th time.
If Janet Jackson, 49, is elected to the Hall of Fame, she will join her brothers The Jackson 5, who were inducted in 1997, and her late brother Michael Jackson, who was inducted as a solo artist in 2001. Jackson is currently on tour supporting her new album, “Unbreakable,” which is her first disc drop in seven years.
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Meanwhile, Los Angeles-based rap group N.W.A. is riding high on the wave of publicity it received from the biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” which was released in August. This is their fourth straight appearance on the ballot.
Artists are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after their debut album or single. This year’s nominees must have issued their first release in 1990 or earlier. The 2016 Class will be announced in December and inducted in a New York ceremony in April 2016. Last year’s inductees included Ringo Starr, Green Day, Lou Reed, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
There are a lot of great Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees this year. Who do you think should be inducted into the 2016 Class?