The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: And The 2019 Nominees Are…

The nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2019 have been unleashed, and what an exciting group of artists it is! Almost every single act nominated is a long-time snub (and a couple short-time snubs in there as well… ahem…Radiohead.) Most exciting is how the playing field seems relatively even… which means anyone could reasonably find their way in. There’s certainly no shoe-in first time nominees, let alone any out-of-the-blue major snubs. This is an excellent opportunity for some long overdue artists to finally get their recognition, but the amount of wild card possibilities can only mean unpredictability in the near future. Still, there are some candidates more intriguing than others, so let’s dive in!


THE CURE

A lone representative for the diverse British new wave era has become an annual ballot tradition. This year belongs to The Cure, and they actually have a shot. The implications of their induction are quite profound for their often overlooked, but equally as deserving peers.

Cure

YEAR ELIGIBLE: 2004

PREVIOUSLY NOMINATED: 2012

HUH’S MOST INEXCUSABLE ROCK AND ROLL SNUBS: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

HUH’S THOUGHTS: “The melancholy new wave band practically invented gothic rock, but have such a varied range of work that it’s impossible to properly classify them, and criminal not to acknowledge them.” (2015)


DEF LEPPARD

Guns N’ Roses, Journey, Bon Jovi…It was only a matter of time before we’d land here. Overdue? Sure. Def Leppard deserves it as much as any of em, but their anthems just don’t elicit the same passion as “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” and “Livin’ On A Prayer,” respectively.

DefLeppard

YEAR ELIGIBLE: 2005

PREVIOUSLY NOMINATED: N/A

HUH’S MOST INEXCUSABLE ROCK AND ROLL SNUBS: 2014201520162017

HUH’S THOUGHTS: “As far as stadium rock goes, these guys are as quintessential as it gets. Clearly, it’s just a matter of time.” (2017)


DEVO

There aren’t many acts who have maintained such a passionate fanbase without more than a fleeting moment of cultural significance in the eyes of the general public. It doesn’t make Devo any less important, and certainly not any less deserving. It’s amazing that the Hall of Fame stepped up to the plate.

Devo

YEAR ELIGIBLE: 2003

PREVIOUSLY NOMINATED: N/A

HUH’S MOST INEXCUSABLE ROCK AND ROLL SNUBS: 20142015

HUH’S THOUGHTS: “I’m not sure if there’s a bigger cult band than Devo that actually deserves Hall of Fame attention.” (2015)


JANET JACKSON

Third time’s a charm (right?) Truthfully, it looks like that could be the case. Janet has spent the better part of the last 3 years reminding us that she’s a living legend, and the reception has been more than enough to prove that she’s the true headliner on the ballot this year. It would be a crime to pass her over again.

janetjackson

YEAR ELIGIBLE: 2007

PREVIOUSLY NOMINATED: 2016, 2017

HUH’S MOST INEXCUSABLE ROCK AND ROLL SNUBS: 2012, 201320142017

HUH’S THOUGHTS: “If you strip away the excess of all of her pop stardom, the music actually still holds up incredibly. Her albums and hits have stood the test of time, and not only is her influence as present as ever, Janet is still a viable success to this day.” (The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: The Case For Janet Jackson)


KRAFTWERK

These legends are quickly becoming the next Chic, but without a Nile Rodgers to fall back on. Hopefully this doesn’t mean they’ll be in Ballot Limbo forever, but there isn’t any indication to think otherwise. There are so many opportunities in the group this year that they just might sneak by, though. If you took the time to split the hairs, Kraftwerk are probably the most deserving act of the lot.

Kraftwerk

YEAR ELIGIBLE: 1995

PREVIOUSLY NOMINATED: 2003, 2013, 2015, 2017

HUH’S MOST INEXCUSABLE ROCK AND ROLL SNUBS: 2012201320152017

HUH’S THOUGHTS: “It’s great that the group keeps rebounding back onto the ballot, but before we all know it, acts who wouldn’t have careers without Kraftwerk’s existence will be seeing nominations and possibly inductions. That definitely cannot happen.” (2015)


LL COOL J

LL Cool J is this year’s lone hip hop nominee, which could mean anything and nothing. His tenure on the ballot would lead anyone to believe that he’s a serious contender, but his successors are starting to find their way in on their first or second tries. He could be the token placeholder until the likes of Biggie and Jay-Z become eligible… or he could finally get the recognition he’s long deserved.

LLCoolJ

YEAR ELIGIBLE: 2009

PREVIOUSLY NOMINATED: 2010, 2011, 2014, 2018

HUH’S MOST INEXCUSABLE ROCK AND ROLL SNUBS: 201420152016

THOUGHTS: “When it comes to formative hip hop acts, he’s a major player, however, he’s consistently been passed over and has recently been left off the ballot.” (2015)


MC5

This is a ballot comeback of epic proportions. It took 12 years for MC5 to receive their first nomination and another 14 for their second, but here we are with three subsequent consecutive nods. For an act like this, that’s clearly an indication that they are seriously being considered, and this could be the year they find an opening.

MC5

YEAR ELIGIBLE: 1991

PREVIOUSLY NOMINATED: 2003, 2017, 2018

HUH’S MOST INEXCUSABLE ROCK AND ROLL SNUBS: 2013, 2014, 2015

HUH’S THOUGHTS: “MC5’s audacious fusion of garage and psychedelic rock was so far ahead of its time, that it actual still holds up strikingly well to this day.” (2014)


STEVIE NICKS

It is highly likely that Stevie Nicks will be the first female multiple inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, and could there be anyone more fitting? She’s one of the most legendary figures of her generation, and her influence has directly inspired countless future inductees. Her solo material definitely holds up, making this a no-brainer.

StevieNicks

YEAR ELIGIBLE: 2006

PREVIOUSLY NOMINATED: N/A

HUH’S MOST INEXCUSABLE ROCK AND ROLL SNUBS: 2014, 2015

HUH’S THOUGHTS: “She is one of the most important women to ever hold a microphone.” (2014)


JOHN PRINE

This was a snub on all accounts… regrettably even by yours truly. Despite being a remarkable, lauded songwriter, his lack of commercial backing never identified him has a major contender, or at least an obvious snub. Still, songwriters have long found inspiration in his work and with his first ever top-5 album on the Billboard 200 coming this year, the timing seems just a little too perfect.

JohnPrine

YEAR ELIGIBLE: 1996

PREVIOUSLY NOMINATED: N/A

HUH’S MOST INEXCUSABLE ROCK AND ROLL SNUBS: N/A

HUH’S THOUGHTS: N/A


RADIOHEAD

How anyone let the ceremony take place without Radiohead’s induction last year is disturbing, but at least they stopped the bleeding by getting them right back in the fold. Early 90s juggernauts like Nirvana, Green Day, and Pearl Jam were as good as in before the nominations were even announced; Radiohead (the best of the lot,) should have been given the same treatment.

Radiohead

YEAR ELIGIBLE: 2017

PREVIOUSLY NOMINATED: 2018

HUH’S FUTURE HALL OF FAMERS: 2013, 2015

HUH’S THOUGHTS: “They are one of the most important, respected, and successful acts of their generation.” (2015)


RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

It’s no surprise that Rage is back on the ballot this year, but I wouldn’t expect them to get in quite yet. The Hall of Fame has been grooming them to be induction-ready for quite some time, but there are too many important acts that have deserved to get in for much, much longer.

RageAgainstTheMachineHOF

YEAR ELIGIBLE: 2017

PREVIOUSLY NOMINATED: 2018

HUH’S FUTURE HALL OF FAMERS: 2013, 2015

HUH’S THOUGHTS: “What holds them back: Nothing. They may have to wait a couple of rounds, if anything.” (2015)


ROXY MUSIC

This is the ballot’s major “Hallelujah!” moment. Roxy Music has been eligible for over 20 years and is just now seeing their first nomination, which is a downright crime, but it’s nice to see them in the mix at least. I wouldn’t bet on their induction, but if there was one dark horse, I’d have to go with them.

RoxyMusic

YEAR ELIGIBLE: 1997

PREVIOUSLY NOMINATED: N/A

HUH’S MOST INEXCUSABLE ROCK AND ROLL SNUBS: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

HUH’S THOUGHTS: “With names such as Brian Eno and Bryan Ferry on their roster, Roxy Music is a profound omission.” (2017)


RUFUS FEATURING CHAKA KHAN

Poor Chaka Khan has been ping-ponged back and forth from solo nods to ones alongside Rufus (the proper nomination) for a good chunk of the decade, but it’s nice to see that the Hall of Fame is clearly determined not to give up. At this point, it’s clear that they are serious competition, but it’s still just a little too likely that they’ll be edged out again.

RufusChaka

YEAR ELIGIBLE: 1999

PREVIOUSLY NOMINATED: 2012, 2018

HUH’S MOST INEXCUSABLE ROCK AND ROLL SNUBS: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

HUH’S THOUGHTS: “Funk and soul wouldn’t be what it is without Rufus and their frontwoman, Chaka Khan, one of the greatest voices you’ll ever hear.” (2014)


TODD RUNDGREN

What a phenomenal nomination. Todd Rundgren is a landmark figure that never found a way to become a bonafide icon. Who knows? …maybe that was by design, but it’s certainly nice that Hall of Fame was able to see through it, even just this once. He’s an unlikely inductee, but absolutely a deserving one. This will certainly appease the purists, and hopefully give others the opportunity to experience his vast, diverse catalog.

ToddRundgren

YEAR ELIGIBLE: 1995

PREVIOUSLY NOMINATED: N/A

HUH’S MOST INEXCUSABLE ROCK AND ROLL SNUBS: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

HUH’S THOUGHTS: “Not only is his own catalog a varied, creative critical juggernaut, but his collaborations, compositions, and productions with countless legends should more than outweigh his limited commercial presence.” (2017)


THE ZOMBIES

There’s not much of the British Invasion left to recognize, but The Zombies are certainly holding down the fort as of late. Sure, it took almost 25 years to receive their first nomination, but who’s counting? (Me.) If anything, it’s nice to see them living up to their name with 4 subsequent ballot resurrections; I guess there’s some life in them yet.

Zombies

YEAR ELIGIBLE: 1989

PREVIOUSLY NOMINATED: 2014, 2017, 2018

HUH’S MOST INEXCUSABLE ROCK AND ROLL SNUBS: 2012, 2014, 2015

HUH’S THOUGHTS: “Maybe they didn’t have the kind of staying power that many of their peers had, but they actually cranked out some of the best tracks of the era.” (2014)


WHO SHOULD BE INDUCTED?

Disclaimer: Truly, for the first time maybe ever, the answer is everyone. This just has to be a ranking of most deserving at this point.

  • Kraftwerk
  • Janet Jackson
  • Radiohead
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
  • The Cure
  • LL Cool J

WHO WILL BE INDUCTED?

  • The Cure
  • Janet Jackson
  • LL Cool J
  • Stevie Nicks
  • Radiohead
  • The Zombies

‘Year Eligible’ and ‘Previously Nominated’ information derived from rockhall.com

1 Comment

  1. Definitely agree – this is a stellar ballot. It feels like Janet’s year. And it also feels solid for The Cure.

    Stevie Nicks will be inducted. It kinda stinks though since she’s already in with Fleetwood Mac and the Hall is very tough on the ladies.

    It’ll be interesting!

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