Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its 2020 nominees

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Ladies and gentlemen. Boys and girls. Music lovers of all ages, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees are finally in!

On Tuesday (Oct. 15), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the lengthy list of nominees for the 2020 class. As with past years, the musicians on the roster come from various music genres, which may lead to a debate or two among fans (there’s already some online “conversations,” but when doesn’t that happen?).

Motörhead, Depeche Mode, Soundgarden, Judas Priest, Nine Inch Nails, Pat Benatar, Whitney Houston, the Dave Matthews Band, and The Notorious B.I.G. are just some of the potential inductees.

The class of 2020 also marks the first time that the majority of the candidates are first-time nominees.

The first-time nominees include the Dave Matthews Band, the Doobie Brothers, Motörhead, the Notorious B.I.G., Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy, and Whitney Houston.

This will be the sixth time Kraftwerk has been nominated, the fifth time for MC5, the fourth for Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, the third for Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode, and the second for Judas Priest and Todd Rundgren.

All-in-all, a very diverse lineup.

It was reported that artists such as Aaliyah, Weezer, blink-182, and Daft Punk were eligible but were not nominated.

For an artist to be eligible to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, their first recording must have been released at least 25 years ago.

While a lot of the voting power sits with industry insiders, fans are going to get a chance to put their two cents in.

Through Jan. 10, fans can go to Google and search “Vote Rock Hall 2020” or any nominee name plus “vote” to cast a ballot with Google. They can also head on over to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s website or the museum in Cleveland to chime in.

The top five artists chosen by the public will make up the “fans’ ballot” joining the industry insiders’ votes.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Induction Ceremony will take place at Public Auditorium in Cleveland on May 2, 2020. The full list of nominees can be found below.

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME 2020 NOMINEES:

Pat Benatar
Dave Matthews Band
Depeche Mode
The Doobie Brothers
Whitney Houston
Judas Priest
Kraftwerk
MC5
Motörhead
Nine Inch Nails
The Notorious B.I.G.
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Todd Rundgren
Soundgarden
T.Rex
Thin Lizzy

Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, The Cure to join the Rock and Roll Hall in 2019

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Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, and the Cure are just some of the artists who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame come spring 2019. On Thursday (Dec. 13), the newly added members of the prestigious club were announced.

In a press statement, Nicks shows her gratitude for her second induction into the Hall of Fame.

“I have a lot to say about this, but I will save those words for late,” begins the queen witch’s statement. “For now I will just say, I have been in a band since 1968. To be recognized for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile. It’s a glorious feeling.”

Nicks is the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice; the first time was with Fleetwood Mac in 1998.

Jackson also released a statement about the honor saying: “Thank you Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I am truly honored and I am happy to be in there with my brothers.”

Like Jackson and Nicks, longtime the Cure keyboardist Roger O’Donnell thanked the fans and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the band’s recognition.

“It’s very nice to be acknowledged by the fans primarily, and the industry and you guys, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

The biggest surprise addition was the inclusion of Radiohead. In the past, several members of the band have shared their opinions of the honor.

“I don’t want to be rude about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because for a lot of people it means something, but culturally I don’t understand it. I think it might be a quintessential American thing,” said guitarist Ed O’Brien in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2017.

Instead of rejecting the recognition, the band released a simple message: “The band thanks the Hall of Fame voting body and extends congratulations to this year’s fellow inductees.”

This year’s other nominees included Kraftwerk, Todd Rundgren, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus & Chaka Khan, MC5, LL Cool J, John Prine and Devo.

In order for an artist to be eligible to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, their first recording must have been released at least 25 years ago.

The 34th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on March 26, 2019 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Like past years the ceremony will air on HBO at a later date. Ticket details will be announced in January.

Last year’s inductees included Nina Simone, the Cars, Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues, and Dire Straits.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017 announced

Back in October, the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2017 was announced. The lengthy list mostly included first-time nominees and others who have been nominated for the honor before. On Tuesday (Dec. 20), the official list for the class of 2017 was announced. Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, and Chic’s Nile Rodgers will be inducted into the Ohio-based museum in the spring of 2017.

Rodgers will receive the prestigious ‘Award For Musical Excellence’ while, sadly, this will mark the 11th time Chic has been snubbed for the honor. “It’s sort of bittersweet. I’m quite flattered that they believed that I was worthy, but my band Chic didn’t win,” Rodgers said in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. “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.”

In a stunning twist, this year marked the first time inductees Tupac and Pearl Jam were eligible to be nominated for the honor. In order to be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a nominee’s first recording (or debut album) must have been released at least 25 years ago. The inductees beat out the likes of Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, The Cars, Jane’s Addition, and more. The inductees were selected by more than 900 voters from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which includes artists, historians and music industry professionals.

For the past five years, fans have been able to cast their vote with the “fan ballot.” Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, and Yes won the fan ballot this year alongside The Cars.

The 32nd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set to take place on April 7, 2017 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Like past years the ceremony will air on HBO at a later date. Ticket details will be announced in January.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2016

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has finally unveiled their class of 2016. On Thursday (Dec. 17), the iconic museum revealed those artists who will be inducted next spring. Chicago, Deep Purple, NWA, Cheap Trick, and Steve Miller have been chose to receive the honor.

Back in October, it was revealed that acts like Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Janet Jackson, The Cars, Chic, and Yes were some of the artists who had made it onto the ballot of nominees. But with the revelations, it appears they will have to wait another year to be put back on the ballot. The official induction ceremony will take place on April 8, 2016 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Like previous years, the induction ceremony will be broadcast on HBO later on in the spring.

In a sad twist, it looks like Chic, once again, has been snubbed for induction. this year marks the tenth year that the group has been passed over for a slot at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In order to be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a nominee’s first recording (or debut album) must have been released at least 25 years ago. This year, fans were offered an opportunity to vote, and a collective “fan ballot” was added to the over 800 ballots from artists, historians, and music industry members.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Nominees Announced

It feels like it was just yesterday that we were announcing the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2015 and now, the class of 2016 nominees have been unveiled. On Thursday (Oct. 8), the official list of nominees which includes 15 potential inductees was released. Making it onto this year’s list are Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, The Cars, Cheap Trick, N.W.A., Janet Jackson, and more.

Other potential inductees include Chic, Deep Purple, Chicago, Steve Miller, Yes, Los Lobos, The Spinners, The J.B.’s, and season 21 Dancing with the Stars contestant Chaka Khan.

This year’s list marks the second year both Nine Inch Nails and The Smiths are eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame while it’s the first year Janet Jackson, The Cars, and Cheap Trick can rightfully be nominated. In a twist, this year marks the tenth time that Chic has been nominated for this honor. (Can we just give it to them already?)

N.W.A.’s nomination comes on the heels of the success of their biography-based film, Straight Outta Compton, while Jackson released her new album, Unbreakable, earlier this month and is currently in the middle of touring in support of the new record.

In order for an artist to be eligible to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, their first recording must have been released at least 25 years ago. But, being nominated is just half the battle for this honor. From now until Dec. 9, a group of artists, historians, and music industry members will get to decide who gets entry to the museum in April 2016.

Recently, fans have been given the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists by using the “fan’s ballot.” The “fan’s ballot” will count as one of the more than 600 ballots used to determine who gets inducted next spring. Currently, fans can head on over to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s official website to cast their votes. The polls will officially close on Dec. 9 with the top five artists being announced later that month.

Last year,  Green Day, Lou Reed (posthumously), Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill Withers, and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band were inducted into the iconic Cleveland museum.

Watch Ringo Starr’s Hall of Fame Rehearsals Featuring Green Day

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place a few weeks ago, but for those who were not able to make the trek to Cleveland, HBO will be airing the complete ceremony at the end of the month.

On Wednesday, Ringo Starr uploaded an almost four-minute, behind-the-scenes video showing his rehearsals from the event. In the video, we see Starr hanging out with the guys of Green Day, joking around that they should go on tour together (we’re team Gringo Day for the tour name) and that frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will be “mowing Starr’s lawn” and “painting Starr’s house.” The video even shows Starr drumming alongside Green Day drummer Tre Cool for a song the California band and the former Beatle played at the event.

The video also features Starr directing people on just what he wanted for his show and rehearing with former band mate, Sir Paul McCartney.

Cool, huh?

Check out the video below.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air on Saturday, May 30 on HBO at 8 p.m ET.

Green Day Perform Huge Pre-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Show

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Whether you like Green Day or have been calling them a sell out since the 90s (post-Dookie, of course), it doesn’t really matter because the band have done what they set out to do; continue making music.

This weekend, the trio will get the honor of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Fall Out Boy doing the honors.

In honor of the momentous occasion, the group put on a huge pre-Rock and Roll Hal of Fame show at the House of Blues in Cleveland last night; their first U.S. show in two years.

The band also paid homage to their early start when the band’s name was Sweet Children and drummer Tre Cool wasn’t in the band.

For half of the show, Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt welcomed back original drummer John Kiffmeye. They played a handful of Sweet Children’s songs including “Sweet Children,” “I Was There,” “Dry Ice,” and of course “Green Day.”

Once Sweet Children’s 11-song set wrapped, Green Day hit the stage, with Cool replacing Kiffmeye.

The Green Day set was 24-songs long and included several fan favorites like “Longview,” “Basket Case,” “”American Idiot” and several covers; a cover of Rancid’s “Radio” with Tim Armstrong performing alongside them and a cover of Operation Ivy’s “Knowledge.”

The Operation Ivy cover shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise since Green Day likes to cite them as one of their biggest influences.

They also did a major mash-up of “Shout,” “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” “Hey Jude,” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Another surprise from the setlist, came when Green Day performed “Private Ale,” a song that hasn’t seen the stage light since 1992.

Cool huh? And such a shame that we missed it live.

For now, we can watch the several fan shot videos from the event and pretend that we were there.

Sweet Children – “At the Library” w/ John Kiftmayer:

Sweet Children – “Green Day” w/ John Kiftmayer:

Knowledge” (Operation Ivy cover) / “Radio” (Rancid cover) w/ Tim Armstrong:

Fan shot video of the concert:

SETLIST:

Sweet Children Set:
“Don’t Leave Me” (First time live since 1994)
“Only of You”
“Sweet Children” (First time live since 1991)
“409 in Your Coffeemaker”
“At the Library”
“I Was There” (First time live since 1992)
“Disappearing Boy”
“Paper Lanterns”
“Road to Acceptance”
“Green Day” (First time live since 1990)
“Dry Ice” (First time live since 1993)

Green Day Set:
“99 Revolutions”
“Holiday”
“Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
“2000 Light Years Away”
“Private Ale” (First time live since 1992)
“Christie Road”
“Stuart and the Ave.”
“She”
“Geek Stink Breath”
“One for the Razorbacks”
“Burnout”
“Longview”
“When I Come Around”
“Basket Case”
“Are We the Waiting”
“St. Jimmy”
“Knowledge (Operation Ivy cover)” with Tim Armstrong
“Radio (Rancid cover)” with Tim Armstrong
“King for a Day”
“Shout / Always Look on the Bright Side of Life / Hey Jude / (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
“Waiting”
“Minority” with Tim Armstrong

Encore:
“American Idiot”
“Jesus of Suburbia”

Fall Out Boy to Induct Green Day into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is only a month away from happening and the committee behind the annual ceremony have revealed those artists who will be helping induct the “Class if 2015.”

Paul McCartney will introduce former band mate Ringo Starr while Stevie Wonder will do the honors for Bill Withers. Patti Smith will (posthumously) induct longtime friend Lou Reed while Peter Wolf will do the same for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. John Mayer is set to pay tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble while Steve Cropper will introduce The “5” Royales.”

Fall Out Boy will get the honors of helping induct Green Day into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

But Green Day aren’t just getting inducted into the famed museum; they are also slated to perform at this year’s event. According to frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, coming to an agreement on which songs should be featured on the set list has become difficult, especially since the group would like to incorporate some of the songs that first got them noticed.

“It’s hard because there’s the Lookout years that are important to us. It would be nice to play something from those years that’s meaningful,” Armstrong told Rolling Stone.

Also set to perform at the ceremony are Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, Tom Morello, John Legend, Jimmy Vaughan, and fellow “class of ’15” inductee, Ringo Starr.

When asked about his performance, the drummer revealed that he’s not sure what will happen.

“I told Paul [McCartney] that I’m not putting a band together. If he puts a band together, I’ll do ‘With a Little Help From My Friends,'” Starr told Rolling Stone.

If it seems like one set of members from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “Class of 2015” is missing from the list, it’s because they are. As of now, there has been no information on who will be doing the honors of inducting Joan Jett and the Blackhearts into the club, because after all, that’s a huge honor in itself.

The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on April 18 at Cleveland’s Public House in Cleveland, OH while HBO will broadcast the event on May 30.

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Announce Class of 2015

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have announced the newest members to the iconic Ohio museum.

Green Day and Lou Reed are just two of the many artist who will join previously inducted acts such as Nirvana, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and The Clash.

But, Green Day and Reed aren’t the only ones in the “Class of 2015”; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill Withers, and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band have also been chosen.

Ringo Starr will also be receiving an honor; he’ll be getting the Award for Music Excellence. The Beatles drummer was inducted as a member of the band back in 1988.

Green Day became the 48th act to be inducted into the museum and the coolest part of is that this was their first year to be eligible for the honor and frontman Billie Joe Armstrong mirrored the sentiments.

“I had to go for a walk when I heard the news,” said Armstrong.

“We’re in incredible company and I’m still trying to make sense of this. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has always held something special for me because my heroes were in there. This is a great time for us to sort of reflect and look back with gratitude.”

The induction ceremony will take place on April 18 at Cleveland’s Public House and will be broadcast on HBO in May.

More than 600 artists, historians and members of the music industry voted for the recipients of the positions.This year, the fans were also given the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists.

In order to be eligible for a spot as a nominee, their first recording (or debut record) must have been released at least 25 years ago.

All the inductees were in good company. Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Kraftwerk, N.W.A., Sting, The Marvelettes, The Spinners, Chic, and War were also nominated for a position, but sadly, did not receive the votes needed to be admitted.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Nominees Announced

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It’s that time of year again; the time when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announce the nominees for the class of 2015.

Among the 15 artists being considered for inclusion at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland are: Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Lou Reed, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, N.W.A., Sting, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Marvelettes, The Spinners, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chic, War, and Bill Withers.

In order for a musician to be considered for a nomination into the Hall of Fame, their first recording (or debut record) must have been released at least 25 years ago.

For Green Day and Nine Inch Nails, this is the first year that either band have been eligible for consideration. Green Day’s debut record 1,000 Hours and Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine were both released in 1989.

Unlike Green Day and Nine Inch Nails, The Smith have been eligible for years now, but this is the first time they have been nominated. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts as well as N.W.A have been nominated a total of three times now, while Kraftwerk have been nominated one time before.

Lou Reed was previously been inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of Velvet Underground while Sting was inducted as a member of The Police.

Ballots will now be sent out to an international voting body of over 600 rock experts which include artists, historians, and music industry members. The top five nominees with the most votes will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in April 2015.

Fans can also vote on their worthy nominees with the “fan’s ballot” which accounts for one of the 600 ballots. Fans have until Dec. 9 to put in their votes over at RollingStone. com.