The 2019 nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced with Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Todd Rundgren, Def Leppard, and Janet Jackson leading the nominees, according to Rolling Stone. 2019’s shortlist also includes Devo, John Prine, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, Radiohead, MC5, Rage Against The Machine, Roxy Music, Rufus & Chaka Khan, and the Zombies. Although several of this year’s nominees have made the nominating ballot in the past, this year marks the first first appearance for Def Leppard, Devo, Prine, Roxy Music, Nicks, and Rundgren.
The top Rock Hall vote-getters will be announced in December and inducted on March 29th at a ceremony at Brooklyn’ New York’s Barclays Center. HBO will broadcast a truncated version of the ceremony later in the year.
To be eligible for this year’s ballot, each nominee’s first single or album had to be released in 1993 or earlier. For the seventh consecutive year, the public will have the opportunity to vote alongside the more than 800 artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body. Fans can vote on the Rock Hall’s site https://www.rockhall.com/fanvote/ for the nominees they’d like to see inducted. The top five acts will comprise a “fan’s ballot” that will count as one of the ballots that determine the class of 2019.
We spoke to Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott moments after he saw the final list of 2019 nominees — and he was pretty flattered with the company Leppard’s keeping: [“I just saw the list of who else is being nominated and you’re looking at people like Todd Rundgren, Roxy Music, Devo, and so, I’m thinking. ‘Okay, it took them long enough to get a nomination. . .’ So, we were eligible in 1993; I don’t feel so band now that we got overlooked, when you think about people like Todd and Roxy Music, and stuff. I mean, they were people I was buyin’ records (of) when I was 12-years-old.”] SOUNDCUE (:25 OC: . . . 12-years-old)
Stevie Nicks believes the art of songwriting is an act of healing for both the creator and the listener: [“To me, the music is writing songs and that is to be able to write something that maybe at a time in somebody else’s life, they need a little help or a little inspiration, or something, that they would sit down and listen to something I wrote and it would just either make them feel a little better or they’d be able to go ‘Somebody else’s been there, too — and that helps me.'”] SOUNDCUE (:18 OC: . . . that helps me)
Todd Rundgren admitted to us that summing up his career isn’t something he’s comfortable with and is really a job best-suited for others: [“It’s a little bit difficult to see yourself — particularly having gone thorough all the changes I have — of being able to be summed up in that sense. I can get perspective on part of what I’m doing, but I can never get perspective on all of what I’m doing. And part of what I’m doing is trying to avoid repeating myself.”] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . avoid repeating myself)
Radiohead’s rummer Phil Selway and bassist Colin Greenwood told us that the band has always been cynical towards industry awards shows: [“(Phil Selway): “It’s amazing, isn’t it? The music industry and the film industry are the only areas that have to actually congratulate themselves in public, which. . . (Colin Greenwood): (Laughs) It’s a spectacle. . . (Phil Selway):You’re right. (Colin Greenwood): It should be done in private, like masturbation, really, shouldn’t it? (laughter) It really shouldn’t be done in public. They’re the only two industries that (beeps) in public, yeah?”] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . . in public yeah))
Janet Jackson told us that being an entertainer that doesn’t sweat the small things has always suited the way she lives best: [“If that’s what it’s to be then I’m so down, ’cause I never thought about it. And like people ask you, ‘Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now, this from now?’ I love music and I’ve always see myself as doing music. And it’s been good to me and people have always been interested in what I had to give. And I’m very fortunate that there’s an interest that still stands after all these years. “] SOUNDCUE(:19 OC: . . . all these years)
Co-founding MC5 guitarist and sole surviving member Wayne Kramer told us that breaking boundaries, defining its time, and hipping their community to the world around them was the backbone of Detroit’s greatest band: [“I think the band was, was part of a unique cultural moment, y’know, when all these currents hit together — y’know, Motown, and James Brown, and John Coltrane, and the Black Panther Party, and war in Vietnam, and marijuana, and the hippie, anti-war movement. And the MC5 was really part of all of everything that was going on, which, y’know, doesn’t happen much these days.”] SOUNDCUE (:26 OC: . . . much these days)
The great Chaka Khan explained that although funk and R&B is her stock in trade, she in fact made her bones in jazz: [“I grew up, actually, and was weaned on jazz. In fact, my Christian name, Yvette, comes from a Stan Getz song. My dad was a be-bopper, he was like a beatnik they used to call them. They were be-boppers, now they’re hip-hoppers, funny huh? And my mother listened to a lot of Sarah, Ella, and jazz, and opera. And on the radio I heard Aretha Franklin, and people like that.”] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . people like that)
Ron Argent says that he’s amazed that the Zombies was able to leave such a rich musical legacy behind, despite only being a working band for a few years: [“The thing is that really the Zombies, y’know professionally, we were only together for. . . I mean, we were semi-professionally. . . we were together for a couple of years, and then from ’64 to ’67 it was just a three-year period that we were together professionally. And even though ‘Time Of The Season’. . . It was, I guess, 1969 by the time it was a hit in the States, but we were actually only together for those three years.”] SOUNDCUE (:24 OC: . . . those three years)
Last year’s Hall of Fame class included Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues, the Cars, Dire Straits, Nina Simone, and early influence gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
As in recent years, the Hall of Fame has announced the individual members of each band that will be inducted — via RollingStone.com:
- The current lineup of Def Leppard — with the late-Steve Clark and original guitarist Pete Willis will be inducteed.
- The classic Roxy Music lineup of Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera, Eddie Jobson, and Paul Thompson will be recoognized, yet none of the band’s bassists will.
- The core Kraftwerk lineup of Karl Bartos, Wolfgang Flur, Ralf Hutter, Florian Schneider.
- The Cure will be represented by Robert Smith, Porl Thompson, Perry Bamonte, Michael Dempsey, Simon Gallup, Lol Tolhurst, Boris Williams, Jason Cooper, and Roger O’Donnell.
- Rufus featuring Chaka Khan will be represented by Dennis Belfield, Al Ciner, Andre Fischer, Chaka Khan, Tony Maiden, Nate Morgan, Kevin Murphy, Ron Stockert, and Bobby Watson.
DID YOU KNOW???
- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was created in 1983. Artists become eligible to enter the Hall 25 years after the release of their debut single.
- The official Rock Hall and Museum opened on September 2nd, 1995 in a building designed by I. M. Pei.
- The city of Cleveland was chosen after successfully lobbying that “rock and roll” had started with Alan Freed, a Cleveland native who first took to the airwaves in the city.
THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS ARE STILL NOT IN THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
Boston, the Monkees, Joe Cocker, Sonny & Cher, Don Henley, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, Gram Parsons, Billy Squier, Grand Funk Railroad, Frankie Avalon, Squeeze, Pat Benatar, Badfinger, Big Star, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Sting, Humble Pie, Eddie Money, Harry Nilsson, T. Rex, Beatles recording engineers Norman Smith and Geoff Emerick, Styx, Free, Billy Idol, Duran Duran, Rockpile, Culture Club, Lenny Kravitz, the Runaways, rock photographers Jim Marshall, Ethan Russell, Gered Mankowitz, Dezo Hoffman, Astrid Kirchherr, Annie Leibovitz, Henry Diltz, and Bob Gruen; Chubby Checker, the Guess Who, rock journalist Lester Bangs, the Turtles, Rolling Stones pianist and co-founder Ian Stewart, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Kansas, Ronnie Lane, Thin Lizzy, Joe Walsh, Delaney & Bonnie, Poco, the Dictators, Brian Eno, Television, Phil Ramone, Meat Loaf, America, XTC, the Searchers, Leslie Gore, the Raspberries, the B-52s, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Herman’s Hermits, Mountain, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Blue Oyster Cult, Chic, the New York Dolls, Peter Frampton, Jethro Tull, Foreigner, Bad Company, and many more.