2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees Are In, And You Won’t Believe Who’s Actually Got A Shot This Year

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Could This Finally Be The Break They’ve Been Waiting For?

It seems like only yesterday we watched Journey walk across the stage to accept their official induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and here we are with a brand new list of nominees for the class of 2018.

With the official list of inductees due out sometime in December as per tradition, we’re super excited at the prospect of seeing some seriously long overdue inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; rock and roll godmother Sister Rosetta Tharpe is up for induction for the first time since she became eligible in 1963 and is in good company alongside Dire Straits and The Moody Blues, but there’s one band that could finally join the ranks of rock’s best and brightest if fans have their way: Bon Jovi.

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Meet Your 2018 Nominees

To be considered, bands and artists must meet the following criteria:

  • Artists only eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record.
  • Criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll.

Bon Jovi | First Eligible: 2008

Bon Jovi / Facebook

Judas Priest | First Eligible: 1999

OfficialJudasPriest / Facebook

Nina Simone | First Eligible: 1983

@nina.simone / Facebook

Sister Rosetta Tharpe | First Eligible: 1963

Sister Rosetta Tharpe / Facebook

Rage Against the Machine | First Eligible: 2017

@RATM / Facebook

Kate Bush | First Eligible: 2003

@katebush / Facebook

The Cars | First Eligible: 2003

@TheCars / Facebook

Dire Straits | First Eligible: 2003

@DireStraits / Facebook

Depeche Mode | First Eligible: 2016

@depechemode / Facebook

Eurythmics | First Eligible: 2006

@eurythmics / Facebook

J. Geils Band | First Eligible: 1995

@allmanbrothersband / Facebook

LL Cool J | First Eligible: 2009

@llcoolj / Facebook

MC5 | First Eligible: 1991

@MC5Band / Facebook

The Meters | First Eligible: 1994

@soponola / Facebook

The Moody Blues | First Eligible: 1989

@MoodyBlues / Facebook

Radiohead | First Eligible: 2017

JA Barratt / Photoshot / Getty Images

Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan | First Eligible: 1999

@chakakhan / Facebook

Link Wray | First Eligible: 1983

@rockmark / Facebook

The Zombies | First Eligible: 1989

@thezombiesmusic / Facebook

First eligible in 2008 and up for induction again this year – 6 years after their first nomination in 2011 – Bon Jovi have made no secret about why they think they’ve been kept out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite meeting the criteria several times over. Jon Bon Jovi revealed that the band’s snubs stem from a big falling out with someone who runs the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the collateral damage resulting in several members of the voting board “making it their personal mission” to keep Bon Jovi from being inducted.

However, following a watershed induction year that saw Journey finally inducted, anything is possible despite Bon Jovi’s warning that the likelihood of politics being put aside in favor of allowing certain bands into the Rock Hall was slim. In addition to Bon Jovi, some other bands and artists to watch for include Nina Simone, Kate Bush, MC5, and newcomers Rage Against the Machine. Voting is open, so be sure to head on over and case your vote for who you’d like to see inducted into the class of 2018!

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