Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2017 Nominees Include Tupac Shakur, Journey, Chic

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced Tuesday morning the nominees for its 2017 induction ceremony. This year’s nominees include Tupac Shakur, Chaka Khan, Pearl Jam, Bad Brains, Janet Jackson, and more.

This year marks the first year of eligibility for Shakur and Pearl Jam. To be considered for induction, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. Last year’s inductees included N.W.A, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Chicago, and Steve Miller.

Other first-time nominees include Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane’s Addiction, Joan Baez, Journey, and Steppenwolf. Given Shakur’s timeless popularity in the hip-hop world, he’ll likely be a favorite with the public. Seminal D.C. hardcore punk band Bad Brains was among the surprises in this year’s lineup, while folk icon Baez and pop-rock hitmakers Journey were long considered notable absentees from past shortlists. Additionally, this year marks Chic’s 11th nomination overall.

Ballots will be sent to a roster of more than 800 artists, historians, and members of the music industry. As of Tuesday, the public will also have the opportunity to cast fan ballots at The top five vote-getters will be tallied as a single ballot, and counted alongside the others. Public voting ends Dec. 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2017 inductees will be announced at an unspecified date in December. The induction ceremony will be held at the Barclay’s Center in New York City in April 2017.

A full list of this year’s nominees include:

  • Bad Brains
  • Chaka Khan
  • Chic
  • Depeche Mode
  • Electric Light Orchestra
  • J. Geils Band
  • Jane’s Addiction
  • Janet Jackson
  • Joan Baez
  • Joe Tex
  • Journey
  • Kraftwerk
  • MC5
  • Pearl Jam
  • Steppenwolf
  • The Cars
  • The Zombies
  • Tupac Shakur
  • Yes

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    1. Philip Cucinella says:

      Where is Captain Beefheart and his Magic band? They deserve to be inducted, NOW!

    2. Ralph knickrehm says:

      Glad to see many other people who believe that the Moody Blues should be in the hall.

    3. Scott B says:

      Again the Moodies left out because of the spat between Weintraub and Rolling Stone Mag head honcho. JOURNEY is a joke and again the Hall shows it has it’s head up its collective arse.

    4. Redcatlady says:

      Where’s Sister Rosetta Tharpe as Early Influence? Very disappointing.

    5. Barbara says:

      Disappointed AGAIN that the Moody Blues have been ignored. I’ve said that I won’t go to the HOF until the Moodies are inducted, and it looks like I’ll never get there.
      Nice to see ELO up for consideration.

    6. Terri Blend says:

      No Smiths, The Cure, Duran Duran…but Janet Jackson.

    7. Robin Cook says:

      What about Corky Siegel? The Siegel Schwall Band helped create the entire Blues Rock genre.

    8. Joe Zelano says:

      This is BS again as in years past, Where is Paul Rogers? Where is Brownsville Station…The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame has become a JOKE

    9. Jack says:

      Hip hop and rap is not rock and roll.

    10. bern schumer says:

      you people have no clue,none, zero. how long will you powers that be just blow off THE MOODY BLUES,just blows my mind. like everything else, I’m sure politics has a major part in this. yes, I’m a huge moody fan, but what’s right is right. maybe you should spring for a ticket when they play in vegas. bunch of no class losers,whomever you are.

    11. David Fowler says:

      I’m very pleased to hear of Electric Ligh Orchestra’s nomination. They are very deserving. It seems that the Rock and Roll hall of fame should be changed to popular music hall of fame, as many members and nominees are not Rock and Roll acts at all.

    12. Sarah Lish says:

      WOW! Steppenwolf & MC5 got nominated but it’s not like they will be inducted. Sad to see Grand Funk Railroad missed being nominated again. It’s a sad commentary when everyone knows it’s not about achievement but about one person’s opinion.

    13. jeff schamel says:

      If they are going to recognize Trevor Rabin and Alan Kaye for contributing to Yes’ 80’s revival and Yes makes it, then the Hall needs to go back and induct Bill Champlin and Jason Scheff of Chicago for the same reason (and they probably deserve it more given Chicago’s extended run and Yes petering out by the early 90s commercially). To deny entry to guys in the band for 30+ years is a joke.

    14. Frank Seaton says:

      What is it with Chic?, Jan Wenner must be in love with them he nominates them every year, and you could put their greatest hits on a 45. Where the hell is Badfinger, The Monkees, The Doobie Brothers, The Guess Who, hell even The Carpenters? No they nominate Tupac and other non-rock acts that should have to wait years to get in. Let those that rocked before them get in first, the RR HOF is getting like the Grammys, hell anyone that makes noise can get one.

    15. Mark says:

      Where is Grand Funk Railroad!

    16. Lee says:

      Why not just induct everyone who’s ever made a record and be done with it?? Ridiculous.

    17. bigblackrod says:

      Tupac is more rock ‘n’ roll than most of the rock ‘n’ rollers that are already in. Chic’s Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards produced or co-produced many of the songs that make up the soundtrack of the ’80s. Chic should be in. But, of course, most of the folks here think it should be only for stand-up White rock groups…

    18. Tupac is not a ROCKER!!! Nothing against the Rapper but its like nominating Axel Rose for rap music how ridiculous!!! Where is the Moody Blues first rockers to ever record in stereo!!! GEESH!!!

    19. Bobby Hattaway says:

      So where is Jethro Tull? Performed for over 40 years and sold 60 millions albums.

    20. Jim Schman says:

      The R and Roll Hall of Fame s neither.

    21. Duncan Beach says:

      The Cowsills, you boobs!

    22. Arlene Garelick says:

      AL KOOPER………What’s up with continuing to ignore him???

    23. Leslie Kuretzky says:

      And, once again, The Monkees also got snubbed. Why even call it a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame if most of these acts are not even Rock and Roll????

      I also feel Moody Blues, and Yes deserved to be on the ballot as well

    24. Bill from the 60s says:

      Once again, no mention of The Moody Blues. Tupac, Chaka Khan and Janet Jackson? Really? Joan Baez is a stretch. Most folks would not classify her music as rock and roll – not ever folk rock. At least Yes is on the list of possibles. The real joke is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    25. I see YES got snubbed again! Sad! ELP not on the list? RIP Keith Emerson. Yet another Punk band gets in? I never heard of them(Bad Brains). Then again I hated the Sex Pistols & Punk period! Except a few songs by The Clash! Been to the Hall it’s nice! Had a good time in Cleveland,OH.! Had a great time in Memphis,TN. on Beale St! Both are worth while if you get the chance to go! Have fun & stay safe!

    26. dege l boller says:

      tupac??????????????????? hes not rock n roll neither is janet jackson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    27. the (sic) “Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame?” What IS this $h!+, and just exactly WHO makes these idiotic chooses? My wide graduated from Kent State about 10 years ago, and she wanted to go to the “hall of fame.” I said, “NO, if you’re curious about the beginnings of Rock and Roll, we’ll go to Memphis, Tennessee where it started!” The ONLY thing Cleveland Ohio has to do with Rock and Roll is it’s where that alcoholic Alan Freed ripped off the Black peoples’ euphemism for sex and applied it to the ROCKABILLY that was making its way noirthward. Be a little real, OK? Dig: DePeche Mode – Pearl Jam – Chic (well, OK, the drummer was fantastic) – Tupac Shakur. What happened? WHERE did all the Rock and Roll acts/performers go? Procol Harum? Mott The Hoople/Bad Company/Free/Paul Rodgers? Wilson Pickett? David Porter? And Ian Hunter was BADLY incorrect on his 4th album: Cleveland does NOT “rock” – it’s cold, ugly, grey, and redneck. Somebody needs to hold Jann Wenner’s head under water till it turns the color of a grape. Have a nice, all you (a-huh-huh-huh) “rockers.”

      • Neville Ross says:

        If you knew anything about rock music besides whatever white rock bands you listen to, you’d know that rap/hip-hop is related to R&B in some way, therefore, Tupac Shakur’s getting inducted. Is strict rock & roll the only thing that matters to you (white) people?

    28. Aerick says:

      This is a travesty to the Rock & Roll world. Tupac, Chaka Khan and Janet Jackson have no business even being mentioned. The only ones who should be inducted this year are Jane’s Additction, Pearl Jam and Yes.

    29. What’s with those stupid son’s of bitches, that they refuse to induct Chubby Checker into the Hall. The man whose music/dance is still played at every wedding to this day. Somebody on that committee has a bone on for this man and his world wide accomplishments !

    30. Nick says:

      Tupac most popular with the public? On what planet? This mentality is why the induction on HBO ratings are abysmal last few years. No rock fan cares about Tupac. The people and artists that truly support the RNR HOF couldn’t name 1 Tupac song.

    31. PS says:

      Hopefully Janet will make it this year.

    32. Bob Apczynski says:

      Where is Warren Zevon?!!!!!!!!!!!

    33. Blue Silver says:

      Duran Duran got snubbed again? ….Depeche Mode better get inducted.

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