The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released the names of 15 musicians who could be inducted in 2019.
Next year’s Rock Hall could have a sweet new classmate.
Def Leppard is up for induction into the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The “Pour Some Sugar on Me” hitmakers join other first-time nominees including prog-rock icon Todd Rundgren, folk singer John Prine, New Wave pioneers Devo and British band Roxy Music.
Stevie Nicks is also nominated for induction for the first time as a solo artist, having previously been welcomed into the Rock Hall in 1998 as a member of legendary rock group Fleetwood Mac. If she makes the cut when the 2019 class is announced in December, Nicks will become the first female artist to join the Hall a second time.
Voters have cast “a very broad net” with this year’s ballot, says Rock Hall CEO and president Greg Harris. “It’s exciting, because it represents the diversity of rock and roll.”
Following the recent inductions of classic-rock acts Lou Reed and Deep Purple, the Rock Hall is moving into a new wave of metal with Def Leppard and protest band Rage Against the Machine (back in the mix with their second nod since 2017).
“Def Leppard really started in the late ’70s and ignited the whole genre,” Harris says of the ’80s rockers, who became eligible for inclusion in 2004. “When you look back at them, they were selling multi-platinum records year after year” and scored multiple top-10 singles such as “Love Bites,” “Armageddon It” and “Hysteria.”
Returning nominees include Janet Jackson and Radiohead, the latter of whom are vying for induction for the second year in a row. Other notable contenders are rapper LL Cool J and Rufus with Chaka Khan – each earning their fifth nominations this year – as well as ’60s bands The Zombies and MC5, both in the running for a fourth time.
The 2019 induction ceremony will be held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in New York on March 29. Inductees will be voted on by a group of more than 1,000 artists, historians and music-industry professionals.
In order to be eligible for induction, artists must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination (1993, for 2019 nominees).
Starting Oct. 9, the public can visit rockhall.com to cast their votes for who they would like to see in the Class of 2019. Voting ends Dec. 9 and the top-five artists will make up a fan’s ballot, which counts as a single vote.
The full list of nominees:
- Def Leppard
- Janet Jackson
- John Prine
- LL Cool J
- Rage Against the Machine
- Roxy Music
- Stevie Nicks
- The Cure
- Todd Rundgren
- Rufus & Chaka Khan
- The Zombies
Contributing: Maeve McDermott
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