Tu­pac Shakur, Pearl Jam lead rock hall of fame bal­lot

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - By David Bauder

NEW YORK >> 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 are on the bal­lot for the first time, with Shakur and Pearl Jam in their first year of el­i­gi­bil­ity. More than 800 artists, his­to­ri­ans and mu­sicin­dus­try of­fi­cials vote, with re­sults an­nounced in De­cem­ber and in­duc­tion next April. Oth­ers back for an­other chance in­clude pop su­per­star Janet Jack­son; she was nom­i­nated for the first time last year.

Nom­i­na­tions were an­nounced Tues­day.

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. He recorded so much while alive that re­leases kept flow­ing af­ter his death.

Pearl Jam would be the sec­ond band, fol­low­ing Nir­vana in 2014, with roots in Seat­tle’s grunge scene to make the hall. Be­hind charis­matic 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.

And “Don’t Stop Believin’” it’s true: Jour­ney is an­other first-time nom­i­nee. Its mem­bers must wait a cou­ple of months to find out if vot­ers wel­come them with “Open Arms.”

Other first-time nom­i­nees: 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.

The in­flu­en­tial disco-era band Chic, who have be­come the hard­luck losers of the rock hall in­duc­tion process, are on the bal­lot for the 11th time.

Oth­ers back as nom­i­nees in­clude Jack­son; soul singer and for­mer Ru­fus front­woman Chaka Khan; the Peter Wolf-led rock­ers J. Geils Band; late “I Gotcha” singer Joe Tex; the Ger­man elec­tronic mu­sic band Kraftwerk; the Detroit-area punk fore­run­ners MC5; Ric Ocasek’s new wa­vers The Cars; the Zom­bies, Bri­tish mak­ers of “Time of the Sea­son” and “She’s Not There”; and the 1970s-era pro­gres­sive rock­ers Yes.

FRANK WIESE — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

In this file photo, rap­per Tu­pac Shakur at­tends a voter reg­is­tra­tion event in South Cen­tral Los An­ge­les. 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.

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