15 acts nom­i­nated for Rock Hall of Fame in­duc­tion.

Gulf Times Community - - FRONT PAGE - By Randy Lewis

The slate of fi­nal nom­i­nees for 2019 in­duc­tion into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame runs from pop-R&B su­per­star Janet Jack­son and in­flu­en­tial Ger­man techno band Kraftwerk to English hard rock band Def Lep­pard, Detroit proto-punk band MC5 and crit­i­cally ac­claimed Chicago singer­song­writer John Prine.

Join­ing them on the short list are Devo, Ste­vie Nicks, Todd Rund­gren, the Zom­bies, Rage Against the Ma­chine, the Cure, LL Cool J, Ra­dio­head, Roxy Mu­sic and Ru­fus & Chaka Khan.

Six of the 15 nom­i­nees are ap­pear­ing for the first time on the fi­nal bal­lot: Nicks, Rund­gren, Prine, Devo, Def Lep­pard and Roxy Mu­sic. Nicks is alone in the 2019 class for in­duc­tion a sec­ond time: She was se­lected for the Hall of Fame in 1998 as a mem­ber of Fleet­wood Mac. If elected, she’ll be the first fe­male artist in­ducted twice.

“The spec­trum, the mul­ti­ple gen­res of mu­sic — it’s a great snap­shot of how big the tent is for rock ’n’ roll,” Hall of Fame Pres­i­dent Greg Har­ris told The Times re­cently.

“To go from the Zom­bies to Ra­dio­head is pretty wild, but to in­clude LL Cool J and Janet Jack­son and MC5 in the same sen­tence is pretty amaz­ing and pow­er­ful. In ad­di­tion, some of our first-time nom­i­nees are crit­i­cally ac­claimed — al­most mu­si­cians’ mu­si­cians, song­writ­ers’ song­writ­ers — like Todd Rund­gren, John Prine and Roxy Mu­sic.”

The in­ductees will be an­nounced in De­cem­ber af­ter be­ing voted on by about 1,000 mem­bers of the Cleve­land-based Rock Hall, in­clud­ing artists, man­agers, his­to­ri­ans, crit­ics and other mem­bers of the mu­sic in­dus­try. That body has been evolv­ing over the three decades since the hall was launched in 1986.

“The lions’ share of the vot­ing body re­mains the in­ductees,” Har­ris said. “As Pearl Jam has come in, Green Day has come in, these bands that were mak­ing mu­sic more con­tem­po­rary, those folks are now el­i­gi­ble to vote. At the same time, we’ve also added more his­to­ri­ans, writ­ers and schol­ars.

“It’s a nat­u­ral process. Smokey Robin­son votes, Madonna votes — it’s re­ally a fun, di­verse group. By na­ture, as more bands are added, that brings new eyes, new ears and new thoughts to the process.”

Fans can also vote on­line, and the five most pop­u­lar artistes will re­ceive a sin­gle ex­tra vote. But even though, sta­tis­ti­cally speak­ing, the fan vote doesn’t sig­nif­i­cantly af­fect the fi­nal count, it has in­creas­ingly shown to

The 2019 in­duc­tion din­ner and cer­e­mony is sched­uled for March 29 at Bar­clays Cen­ter in Brook­lyn. Ticket in­for­ma­tion will be an­nounced in Jan­uary

vot­ing mem­bers the will of the fans and has closely mir­rored the fi­nal re­sults.

In 2017, four of the six in­ductees fin­ished near the top of the fan poll; last year, four of the top five fan favourites made it into the hall. Fan vot­ing takes place at the Rock Hall’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“By ag­gre­gat­ing the fan vote, it does give some di­rec­tion early in the process,” Har­ris said. “The fans are di­verse ages, and so is the vot­ing body, so there are a lot of dif­fer­ent ar­eas they’re pas­sion­ate about.”

To be el­i­gi­ble, an artist’s first com­mer­cial record­ing must have been re­leased at least 25 years ear­lier, mak­ing 1994 the cut­off year for nom­i­nees for next year’s cer­e­mony.

The 2019 in­duc­tion din­ner and cer­e­mony is sched­uled for March 29 at Bar­clays Cen­ter in Brook­lyn. Ticket in­for­ma­tion will be an­nounced in Jan­uary. – Los An­ge­les Times/TNS

PER­FOR­MANCE: Ste­vie Nicks per­forms in con­cert at The Fo­rum in In­gle­wood, Calif.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Qatar

© PressReader. All rights reserved.