While some music fans believe that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a great honor, others believe that it’s only a chance for self-important insiders to throw a party for their favorite acts. However, the nominations were announced weeks ago, with a surprising 15 acts up for the win. Ten nominees were snubbed, but here’s a look at who did get in and what this could mean for next year’s crop.
Alice Cooper: The most recognizable of the five honorees, he’s the father of “shock rock”, known for his dark style and highly theatrical concerts. His inclusion opens the door for modern goth-rock artists.
Neil Diamond: Previously ignored by the Hall, the light-rock singer-songwriter’s fans heavily lobbed for his nomination. Perhaps this means that the Hall is starting to recognize those who they formerly snubbed.
Dr. John: A blues master, Dr. John’s recommendation shows that despite recent inductions for pop and hip-hop artists, the Hall still holds acts that are more traditional in high esteem.
Darlene Love Although she is mostly known for “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”, the wall-of-sound-type vocalist’s inclusion might pave the way for similar neglected 1960s girl groups and singers.
Tom Waits: His work is critically acclaimed and highly admired by its devotees, but Tom Waits is not a household name. This shows that the honors aren’t just for superstars.
The nominees who weren’t inducted are Bon Jovi, the Beastie Boys, Donovan, LL Cool J, Donna Summer, the J. Geils Band, CHIC, Joe Tex, Chuck Willis, and Laura Nero. While this might show a trend against the recent disco and hip-hop acts that have caused controversy among fans, there is always next year. The induction ceremony won’t happen until sometime in March, but one thing is for certain: “School’s Out” will be performed that night!
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