The full list of 15 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was announced Tuesday, including some of the best the ‘80s has to offer. The Cure, Guns N’ Roses, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Laura Nyro round out the nominees for the heavily represented decade.
The Spinners, Faces, Freddie King, Rufus with Chaka Khan, the Beastie Boys, War, Donovan, Donna Summer and the Red Hot Chili Peppers complete the list, which will be narrowed to five inductees in October.
Melissa Bell of BlogPost stuck with ‘80s era artists for her personal top 5, but acknowledged the inevitable controversy the list excites:
The list inspires outrage and anger and angst among music fans every year, sparking heated battles over who did and didn’t make the list. “What a joke!! The Spinners? Chaka Khan? Donovan? THAT'S NOT ROCK N ROLL! This list is a joke,” writes one local Cleveland commenter.
Allison Stewart and the ClickTrack gang speculate a different bunch will be honored in Cleveland, including Guns N’Roses. Why?
They actually deserve it. And the publicity-loving committee will likely find the lure of a potential GNR reunion (will Axl and Slash accept together? Will Axl pull a John Fogerty and refuse to perform with the original members?) tough to resist.
And Laura Nyro, who the bloggers think must inevitably be inducted:
She's been nominated three years in a row, eligible for 19 and dead since 1997. At a certain point, they'll have to let her in. Women are underrepresented in the Hall, anyway (they usually pick one a year), so it's either her or Heart.
But the bloggers at Click Track understand that predicting the honorees is a difficult task:
Trying to game the Hall of Fame committee is never easy: They're a tight knit, capricious bunch. What follows is our very speculative list of artists we're almost positively sure will make it in this year.
Doesn’t mean guessing isn’t fun. Vote in ClickTrack’s poll for who should be inducted.
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