Does Anyone Care About the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

Oscar Cross
December 15, 2017

Simone, the legendary chanteuse of "My Baby Just Cares For Me" fame, will be honored posthumously, as will Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a gospel artist in the 1930s and '40s who will be given an Early Influence award.

Jon Bon Jovi posted a thank you video shortly after the announcement, saying, "Long time coming".

It's official: The 2018 list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees has been announced.

Another group of legends is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! They'll all be inducted April 14 at the hall in Cleveland.

Four of the Inductees were on the ballot for the first time, including: Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Stadium rockers Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, progressive rock band The Moody Blues, new wave group The Cars and late jazz icon Nina Simone will join the ranks of rock immortals next year; of those performers, only Bon Jovi started after the 1970s.

Clearly, both of those acts should've been inducted in their first year eligibility, following in the footsteps of such recent successes as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Green Day. (Of those, 1.1 million were for BON JOVI.) The top five artists made up a fan's ballot, which counted as a single vote.

Unlike the hair metal bands that were their contemporaries, Bon Jovi preserved a family-friendly image, helping the band win a following in diverse corners of the world. An edited version will air later on HBO and there will be a radio broadcast on SiriusXM. When questioned by Rolling Stone about the possibility of a reunion with former members guitarist Richie Sambora and original bassist Alec John Such, drummer Tico Torres stated, "They are a huge part of us". Should that be the case in April in Cleveland, it would mark the first public performance by Dire Straits since the group disbanded in 1995. The only fan selection that didn't get in was leather-clad metal band Judas Priest.

Instead, we get a bunch of classic-rock acts that had been bypassed (mostly, for good reasons) for years.

The Hall of Fame notably did not select Radiohead or Rage Against the Machine.

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