Reading through the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees year after year is like browsing through your favorite record store or riding on the passenger side when one of your parents are driving. Nostalgia overdrive.
This year’s induction ceremony, which will take place in Los Angeles on April 18 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, could be honoring any of the following artists:
- Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
- Public Enemy
- The Marvelettes
- The Meters
- The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
- Procol Harum
- Randy Newman
- Albert King
- Deep Purple
- Donna Summer
In order to be nominated at all like those above, artists must have released work at least 25 years prior to gracing the ballot, which means acts that were debuting when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame did in ’86 are eligible. Case in point: Hip-hop pioneers N.W.A. and Public Enemy are the hall of fame newborn babies on this year’s ballot.
For the first time since it began, rock and roll fans are having their voices heard. You can vote for your favorite “Greatest Hits” artists at rollingstone.com or rockhall.com from now until December 3 where the top five will be chosen to rep the fans’ favorite choice alongside the international voting committee of more than 600 industry members.
Results will be announced sometime before the year’s over. The taped show in April will broadcast on HBO at a later date.