Outkast leads long list of Rock Hall snubs

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - LIFE - Maeve McDer­mott

Of the 15 nom­i­nees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2019 class, only a hand­ful of acts – tra­di­tion­ally five or six – will be in­ducted. That means many can­di­dates won’t make it.

Just ask Janet Jack­son, Ra­dio­head, LL Cool J, The Zom­bies, MC5 and Ru­fus with Chaka Khan. These names ap­pear on the 2019 short­list and all have been nom­i­nated in pre­vi­ous years.

Whether it’s their first year of el­i­gi­bil­ity or they’ve been vy­ing for a nom­i­na­tion for years, these 15 names, all left off the list, could eas­ily have made it on:

❚ Beck: This is the first year Beck is el­i­gi­ble for the Rock Hall – his un­of­fi­cial first al­bum, “Golden Feel­ings,” came out in 1993 – and while it seems likely the Grammy win­ner will be nom­i­nated at some point, 2018 wasn’t his year.

❚ Blink-182: An­other newly el­i­gi­ble band, Blink-182 hasn’t seen many other bands of their ’90s pop-punk gen­er­a­tion make it to the Rock Hall, save for Green Day in 2015.

❚ Bone Thugs-N-Har­mony: The clas­sic ’90s hip-hop group be­gan plan­ning their nom­i­na­tion cam­paign years ago, and con­sid­er­ing the hip-hop genre is a rel­a­tively new ad­di­tion to the Rock Hall, their gen­er­a­tion of rap­pers de­serves recog­ni­tion.

❚ Count­ing Crows: Grunge icons Nir­vana and Pearl Jam have made it to the Rock Hall, but how the com­mit­tee treats the Count­ing Crows and the gen­er­a­tion of ’90s alt-rock­ers that ar­rived in grunge’s wake re­mains to be seen.

❚ Dave Matthews Band: Sim­i­larly, DMB’s jam band brethren haven’t had a ton of luck mak­ing it into the Rock Hall.

❚ Depeche Mode: There’s a dis­tinct lack of ’80s Bri­tish new wave in the hall. But this year’s nom­i­na­tions of The Cure and Devo are steps in the right di­rec­tion.

❚ Jane’s Ad­dic­tion: With Red Hot Chili Pep­pers’ 2012 in­duc­tion and Rage Against the Ma­chine’s nod this year, the next L.A. rock group of this gen­er­a­tion to make the hall should be this one.

❚ Jeff Buck­ley: Can Buck­ley make it on the strength of a sin­gle al­bum? Fans of “Grace,” his beloved de­but and only full-length re­lease be­fore his death in 1997, would say so.

❚ Ju­das Priest: The in­flu­en­tial rock­ers have been el­i­gi­ble since 1999.

❚ Kate Bush: Nom­i­nated last year, Bush’s hugely in­flu­en­tial discog­ra­phy more than qual­i­fies her.

❚ Nine Inch Nails: The band that made in­dus­trial rock main­stream, Trent Reznor and Co. have some­how never earned a sin­gle nom­i­na­tion.

❚ Outkast: Per­haps the year’s big­gest snub of a newly el­i­gi­ble act is this one, though it seems un­likely Big Boi and An­dre 3000 will be ex­cluded for long.

❚ Sh­eryl Crow: Newly el­i­gi­ble this year, Crow has all the crit­i­cal love and com­mer­cial hits she needs.

❚ Snoop Dogg: Snoop took the stage at the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony in 2017 for a trib­ute to Tu­pac Shakur. It’s time that Snoop, newly el­i­gi­ble this year, gets his own in­duc­tion trib­ute soon.

❚ Usher: Un­til Janet Jack­son, long over­due, is in­ducted, there should be an hon­orary mora­to­rium on any other R&B artists out of re­spect. That be­ing said, Usher did be­come el­i­gi­ble this year.


Big Boi and An­dre 3000 of Outkast, pos­si­bly the year’s big­gest snub.


The Dave Matthews Band hasn’t had a lot of luck.


Sh­eryl Crow was newly el­i­gi­ble this year.

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