The next year's rock show could have a new and sweet classmate.
Def Leppard is ready to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2019. Successful creators "Pour Some Sugar on Me" join other nominees for the first time, including progressive rock icon Todd Rundgren, folk singer John Prine, pioneers of New Wave Devo and British band Roxy Music.
Stevie Nicks is also nominated for induction for the first time as a soloist, and was previously received at Rock Hall in 1998, as a member of the legendary rock group Fleetwood Mac. If she makes the cut when the 2019 class is announced in December, Nicks will will become the first female artist to join the Hall for the second time.
Voters have chosen "a very broad network" with this year's ballot, says Rock Hall CEO and President Greg Harris. "It's exciting, because it represents the diversity of rock and roll."
Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac could make history with a second induction. (Photo: Kevin Winter, Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Following the recent inductions of the classic rock acts Lou Reed and Deep Purple, Rock Hall is moving towards a new wave of metal with Def Leppard and the protest band Rage Against the Machine (again in the mix with its second nod from 2017).
"Def Leppard really started in the late '70s and ignited the whole genre," says Harris about the rockers of the' 80s, who became eligible for inclusion in 2004. "When you look at them, they sold several platinum discs a year after "year" and won multiple singles among the top 10, such as "Love Bites", "Armageddon It" and "Hysteria".
The returning nominees include Janet Jackson and Radiohead, who are competing for induction for the second year in a row. Other notable contenders are rapper LL Cool J and Rufus with Chaka Khan, each earning their fifth nominations this year, as well as the bands of the 60 The Zombies and MC5, both in the race for the fourth time.
The 2019 initiation ceremony will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on March 29. A group of more than 1,000 artists, historians and professionals in the music industry will vote for the participants.
To be eligible for induction, artists must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years before the year of the nomination (1993, for nominees for 2019).
As of October 9, the public can visit rockhall.com to cast their votes for what they would like to see in the Class of 2019. The voting ends on December 9 and the five main artists will form a fan's ballot, which counts as one vote.
The complete list of nominees:
- Def Leppard
- Janet Jackson
- John Prine
- LL Cool J
- Rage against the machine
- Roxy music
- Stevie Nicks
- The cure
- Todd Rundgren
- Rufus and Chaka Khan
- The zombies
VOTE: Go to rockhall.com for the fan votes contest
Contributing: Maeve McDermott
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