The 2018 RRHOF Nominees are out!

The 2018 RRHOF Nominees are out!
05 Oct
Not in Hall of Fame
We love days like this.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced today with some serious shockers, so let’s get right to it!

The 19 nominees are:

Bon Jovi: Bon Jovi is nominated for the second time and poses a serious threat to advance all the way this yesr. Don’t be surprised if they win the fan vote.

The Cars: This is the third nominee in a row for the group.

Depeche Mode. Nominated for the second year in a row, should they get in they would be the first 80’s alternative band to get inducted.

Dire Straits. This is the first nomination for Dire Straits and they should get a lot of support on the fan vote.

The Eurythmics. Another first time nominee, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart churned out some of the most enduring songs in the 80’s.

The J. Geils Band. This is the fifth nomination for the band and the first following the death of J. Geils.

Judas Priest. This is the first time they have been nominated, and they are the Heavy Metal nominee this year. This bodes well for other forgotten metal acts.

Kate Bush. A nice surprise here, as this first time nominee was very large on the British scene.

Link Wray. The inventor of the power chord receives his second nomination. His first was in 2014.

LL Cool J. LL Cool J is nominated for the fourth time and are the hip hop nominee for this year.

MC5. MC5 secures their third nomination ever, and their second in a row.

The Meters. The fourth nomination for the Meters, who saw their first in 1997.

The Moody Blues. This might generate the biggest sigh of relief from their fanbase. They have been eligible since 1989 and has a significant online presence pushing for this induction.

Nina Simone. Another nice surprise here. This is the first nomination for Nina Simone since being eligible in 1983.

Radiohead: In their first year of eligibility, Radiohead is no surprise showing up as a nominee. There is little reason to think that they won’t get in immediately.

Rage Against the Machine: RATM is a first ballot inductee too, though it might be a little surprising that other first ballot eligible acts, Wu-Tang Clan and Beck were not chosen.

Rufus featuring Chaka Khan. Chaka Khan was nominated as a solo last year and frankly there is a better chance for her nominated with her original group.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Huh? While she was a gospel star in the 30’s and 40’s and influential in the American Rock and Roll canon, this seems like an Early Influence inductee and is very out of place here.

The Zombies. This will be the third crack for the Zombies.


While there will be many happy to see the Moody Blues and Judas Priest finally get a chance there will be (as there always is) upset fans over the fact that their favorite act were not chosen as a nominee. This is certainly a diverse group and frankly we need some time to digest this.

We know all of you have some opinions and we would love to hear it.
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+1 #4 Lee Roschen 2017-10-10 06:41
After 28 years of waiting, The Moody Blues, the most under-rated and successful rock band in history FINALLY earn their first nomination. It doesn't look like they will outpace Bon Jovi for the #1 vote grabber, but finishing #2 is within sight, and this is a nomination and induction that is long overdue. Damn, I hope they get in!
0 #3 john peter 2017-10-06 14:32
[quote name="Darryl Tahirali"]"I t's a travesty that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hasn't inducted [FILL IN THE BLANK] . . . "

URIAH HEEP.The two biggest disappointme nts are BADFINGER and UFO........s ad travesty
0 #2 Darryl Tahirali 2017-10-05 21:42
Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Huh? While she was a gospel star in the 30’s and 40’s and influential in the American Rock and Roll canon, this seems like an Early Influence inductee and is very out of place here.
It's true that Tharpe's heyday predates the Rock Era, but she maintained a recording and performing career through the 1960s, past the tipping point into the Rock Era of the mid-1950s. Couple that with the influence she did exert on rock and soul performers, including her guitar playing, and she does look like a first-genera tion rocker.

That said, Tharpe may have a better shot as an Early Influences inductee. However, there is more cachet going in as a Performer, which may be the argument someone advanced in the Nominating Committee.

The Early Influences category has had some interesting choices its last three times out, which have been infrequent-- only three since 2009: Wanda Jackson, Freddie King, The "5" Royales. All three could have gone in as Performers. Hell, Grand Funk gave King the shout-out in their signature song: "Up all night with Freddie King/I got to tell you that poker's his thing."
0 #1 Darryl Tahirali 2017-10-05 20:36
"It's a travesty that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hasn't inducted [FILL IN THE BLANK] . . . "


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