Tu­pac Shakur and Pearl Jam among 1st-time Hall nom­i­nees

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — As­so­ci­ated Press

Late rapper Tu­pac Shakur, left, and Ed­die Ved­der, front­man of Seat­tle band Pearl Jam.

The late rapper Tu­pac Shakur and Seat­tle-based rock­ers Pearl Jam are among the first-time nom­i­nees on the bal­lot for in­duc­tion next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Nine of the 19 acts nom­i­nated Tues­day are on the bal­lot for the first time, with Shakur and Pearl Jam in their first year of el­i­gi­bil­ity.

Re­sults will be an­nounced in De­cem­ber. The in­duc­tion cer­e­mony will be in April in Cleve­land.

The pro­lific Shakur was shot and killed at his peak in 1996. His al­bum “Me Against the World” hit the top of the charts when he was in prison for sex­ual as­sault. “Keep Ya Head Up,” “Life Goes On,” “Am­bi­tionz Az a Ri­dah” and “Changes” are among his best-known songs.

Be­hind front­man Ed­die Ved­der, Pearl Jam was a huge ini­tial suc­cess be­hind songs like “Jeremy,” “Even Flow,” “Alive” and “Bet­ter Man.” They con­sciously stepped back from the com­mer­cial world and per­sist as a re­spected and pop­u­lar tour­ing out­fit.

Other first-time nom­i­nees are Amer­i­can rock band Jour­ney; the hard­core punk pioneers Bad Brains; 1980s synth-pop­pers Depeche Mode; Jeff Lynne’s 1970s hit ma­chine Elec­tric Light Or­ches­tra; Lol­la­palooza in­sti­ga­tors Jane’s Ad­dic­tion; 1960s folkie Joan Baez; and Step­pen­wolf, Cana­dian rock­ers of “Born to be Wild” fame. work’s sched­ule for sec­ond sea­sons, Va­ri­ety re­ports. “BrainDead” de­buted in June to more than 4.5 mil­lion view­ers for its first episode but sank through­out the sea­son, with the fi­nal episode bring­ing in just over 2 mil­lion view­ers. “Amer­i­can Gothic” also strug­gled to find an au­di­ence, with its high­est-rated episode bring­ing in just un­der 3.6 mil­lion view­ers.

Ac­tor John Lith­gow is 71. Singer Jen­nifer Hol­l­i­day is 56. TV host Ty Pen­ning­ton is 52. Singer-gui­tarist Todd Park Mohr is 51. Ac­tor Jon Favreau is 50. Co­me­dian Chris Kat­tan is 46. Ac­tress Hunter King is 23.

GREG ALLEN/INVISION

FRANK WIESE/AP 1996

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