The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has unveiled their 2019 Nominees, which has been bumped up to 19 from the traditional 15 that they usually put forth.
As per years previous, we see some familiar nominations, some new faces and a very diverse group of musicians.
The nominees are as follows:
Pearl Jam: Ranked #1 on Notinhalloffame.com. No shock here, as everyone projected that this very influential band would be nominated on their first year of eligibility. This might be as close to a lock as it gets in terms of induction.
Kraftwerk: Ranked #2 on Notinhalloffame.com. The Germans are back with their fourth nomination. While this is a band not well known to the casual music fan, they have all heard them sampled in one form or another.
MC5: Ranked #6 on Notinhalloffame.com. Kick Out the Jams! The proto-punk rock band is back on the ballot after a long absence. This is their second nomination after twenty-six years of eligibility.
Yes: Ranked #13 on Notinhalloffame.com. They are on the ballot for the third time and are the sentimental favorites for many Progressive Rock fans. They should have been inducted years ago.
Tupac Shakur: Ranked #15 on Notinhalloffame.com. This year’s hip hop nominee became a first year nominee. Expect this to be a first year induction. Now will he accept the honor in hologram form?
Janet Jackson: Ranked #22 on Notinhalloffame.com. This is her second straight nomination, and she is without question the strongest female candidate of the lot. This should be her year and thus necessitate a logo change from us!
Depeche Mode: Ranked #26 on Notinhalloffame.com. This is a big month for them. They have a new album coming out and they have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time. They have been Hall of Fame eligible for eleven years.
The Cars: Ranked #33 on Notinhalloffame.com. This is their second nomination in a row.
Journey: Ranked #56 on Notinhalloffame.com. This is their first nomination after seventeen years of eligibility. The Arena Rock band still has a huge following and also has a large online campaign to get them in.
Jane’s Addiction: Ranked #60 on Notinhalloffame.com. This is their first nomination after being eligible for five years. The connection to early 90’s alternative and Lollapooza makes them a strong candidate.
Steppenwolf: Ranked #69 on Notinhalloffame.com. The band who coined the term heavy metal is nominated for the first time in twenty-four years.
The Electric Light Orchestra: Ranked #80 on Notinhalloffame.com. This is the first nomination for Jeff Lynne and his band and could make him the final “Wilbury” to be enshrined.
The Zombies: Ranked #88 on Notinhalloffame.com. The Zombies return to the ballot for their second time and have been RRHOF eligible for twenty-eight years.
Chic: Ranked #110 on Notinhalloffame.com. Here we go again. Fifteen Years of eligibility, eleven years nominated. Next year it will be sixteen and twelve
Joe Tex: Ranked #112 on Notinhalloffame.com. This is the 5th nomination for Joe Tex and first since 2011.
Chaka Khan: Ranked #130 on Notinhalloffame.com. She was nominated last year, though we would have liked to see her nominated with Rufus.
Joan Baez: Ranked #178 on Notinhalloffame.com. Is this the biggest surprise of the lot? Could be. The folk singer secured her first nomination after being eligible for thirty-two years.
Bad Brains: Ranked #248 on Notinhalloffame.com. A shocker, but in a good way. This is a very influential group from Washington D.C. though we don’t expect them to pull another surprise out of their hat and get enshrined this year. This is their first nomination after ten years of eligibility.
Did they get it right?
For us, the biggest surprise is that Nine Inch Nails were not nominated after being put forth on the ballot the last two years, but overall we like this group.
What are your thoughts?