Pearl Jam, Tupac, Journey Lead Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:25:02
Pearl Jam, Tupac & Journey are now officially on their way into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame as part of the 2017 class of inductees. Pearl Jam & Tupac are two mortal-lock first ballot nominees, and are two of the first Hall of Fame artists who began their careers during the 1990's, joining a class that is typically heavy with 1970's radio rock acts like Journey, Yes and the Electric Light Orchestra.
The final announcement of inductees from the list of artists nominated means that there a number of nominated artists who failed to make the cut. MC5, Depeche Mode, The Cars, Bad Brains, Kraftwerk and Chaka Khan have all been overlooked. Chic - who have been nominated no less than eleven times - have once again failed to make it into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. However, frontman Nile Rodgers has been selected to receive the Award For Musical Excellence. Rodgers responded by saying, "It's sort of bittersweet. I'm quite flattered that they believed that I was worthy, but my band Chic didn't win. They plucked me out of the band and said, 'You're better than Chic.' That's wacky to me… I am flattered and I think it's cool, but I feel like somebody put me in the lifeboat and told my family they can't get in."
The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on April 7, 2017 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, with an edited broadcast on HBO at a later date.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff