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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.
To be considered, bands and artists must meet the following criteria:
Bon Jovi | First Eligible: 2008
Judas Priest | First Eligible: 1999
Nina Simone | First Eligible: 1983
Sister Rosetta Tharpe | First Eligible: 1963
Rage Against the Machine | First Eligible: 2017
Kate Bush | First Eligible: 2003
The Cars | First Eligible: 2003
Dire Straits | First Eligible: 2003
Depeche Mode | First Eligible: 2016
Eurythmics | First Eligible: 2006
J. Geils Band | First Eligible: 1995
LL Cool J | First Eligible: 2009
MC5 | First Eligible: 1991
The Meters | First Eligible: 1994
The Moody Blues | First Eligible: 1989
Radiohead | First Eligible: 2017
Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan | First Eligible: 1999
Link Wray | First Eligible: 1983
The Zombies | First Eligible: 1989
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!