The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for possible induction in 2019. In alphabetical order:
LL Cool J
Rage Against the Machine
Rufus and Chaka Kahn
To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. Six of this year’s 15 nominees are on the ballot for the first time:
We reached out to Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, who tells us, “It’s a great honor for Roxy Music to be nominated for the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So many great musicians from the history of rock and roll are there already and it would be fantastic to be amongst them.”
We also heard from Colin Blunstone of The Zombies, who says, “It’s incredibly exciting that The Zombies have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the fourth time! Keeping my fingers crossed that this is the year we will be inducted!”
Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 1000 artists, historians and members of the music industry. And once again, voting is open to the public right now through 11:59 p.m. ET on December 9th. Just head over to RockHall.com to place your vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day. The Top 5 artists selected by the public will make up a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2019 inductees.
Inductees will be announced in December, and the 2019 Induction Ceremony will be held on March 29th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Ticket on-sale information will be announced in January. The show will be taped for broadcast on HBO later in the spring.
Joe Walsh says Rock Hall Of Fame is controlled by corporations.