It‘s that time of year again as we look to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and decide who among the 15 nominees will be among the selected 5 to be inducted into the famed halls of Rock and Roll.
Nominees are the Beastie Boys, The Cure, Donovan, Eric B. & Rakim, Guns ‘N Roses, Heart, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Freddie King, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rufus with Chaka Khan, The Small Faces/The Faces, The Spinners, Donna Summer, and War.
Artists staring at their first nomination include Guns N’ Roses, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Cure, Freddie King, Eric B. & Rakim, Heart, and the Spinners.
Just an aside but Joan Jett, Nancy and Ann Wilson, Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Laura Nyro… Nice to see so much estrogen showing up this year. Could it be someone at the voting table attended the Women Who Rock exhibit… at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.. hmmm. It’s an eye roller.
Beastie Boys, Donovan, Donna Summer and Laura Nyro all return fresh from 2011 nominations. Donna Summer in fact is caught in some revolving door situation with Laura Nyro, but Disco Donna is the Susan Lucci of this bunch. I’d like to say third time is a charm but this is her fourth nomination. So hopefully she will feel some love this year and become a card carrying member into the halls of glory.
Who doesn’t want to see Guns N’ Roses inducted into the Hall of Fame? Is this a Field of Dreams scenario? If you nominate they will come? If only for that 1% snowballs chance in hell that Axl Rose will be in some kind of headspace he will agree to be onstage with all former original members – Slash, Duff, Steven, Izzy. Chills! History! It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about the possibility. To the Gods of Rock and Roll and the Rock and Roll wish foundation – make it happen.
According to Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, “The 2012 nominees embody the broad scope of what ‘rock and roll’ means. From vocal groups to hip hop, from singer-songwriters to hard rocking artists, this group represents the spirit of what we celebrate at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
Ballots will be sent to more than 500 voters, who will select artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 27th Annual Induction Ceremony. To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2012 Nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1986.
The 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in Cleveland on Saturday, April 14.