Nominees for 2017 Induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Are Diverse and Remarkable
by Madison Cooper
The nominees for 2017’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame have been released and the artists listed are pretty remarkable.
Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first album. For example this year’s nominations must have been released in 1991 or earlier. Other factors like how influential and significant that artist may be also play a role when deciphering who should make the list of nominees.
This years inductees were N.W.A., Steve Miller, Cheap Trick, Chicago, and Deep Purple. Next year’s 2017 nominees include: Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Lights Orchestra, The J Geils Band, Jane’s Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC5, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, and Yes. Of all nominees mentioned, Tupac and Pearl Jam are first time nominations and are favorites among voters for induction.
Although Pearl Jam was nominated, some controversy has recently arose because former drummer Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons were snubbed from the Pearl Jam lineup, which includes Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron, and Dave Krusen.
Abbruzzese responded to the snub on his Facebook, which Alternative Press later posted on their website,“It’s just a fine opportunity to see what Pearl Jam has to say in response. Let’s see if they do the right thing. It’ll be interesting to see the spin that is put on it. That band and its management have never been ones to shy away when an injustice is done. Let’s see if they still have the courage to fight the good fight!”
He then went on to say, “I’ve seen them change a 15 year old settlement agreement just by ignoring its contents and withholding money that didn’t belong to them in order to force me to accept the changes. They know how to play the game…their way!”
Abbruzzese later took back his comment on Facebook and said, “I AM NOT SLAMMING THE HALL OF FAME OR PEARL JAM. I understand that there may be some flaws inherent to the balloting process. I reacted emotionally, and my reaction was based on a lack of understanding. I have spoken to friends and peers and I am resolved to wait patiently to watch and see how it works out. I am not looking to ruffle any feathers.”
Regardless of the drama that follows Pearl Jam’s nomination line up, it won’t stop the show. Be sure to vote on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame website where they’ve opened up voting to fans for the fifth consecutive year alongside more than 800 artists, historians, and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting committee. Fans can pick their top five nominees (one vote per day) that they believe should be inducted into the Hall of Fame for 2017. The top five picks will be comprised into a “fan’s ballot” that will count as one of the ballots. Be sure not to procrastinate because voting ends December 5th.
You can also look forward to hearing the announcement for the 2017 inductees in December and be sure to tune in and watch on HBO’s channel. The event will be held at the Brooklyn Barclays Center in April for the second consecutive year.