Maybe slowly but surely the Rock Hall of Fame is starting to get things right. The list of nominees for 2020 induction has been announced, and it seems that the Hall might actually be moving toward a more ‘rock’ direction, albeit with still a few head-scratchers included along the way.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 has these notable nominees: the Doobie Brothers, Judas Priest, Soundgarden, Motorhead, Pat Benatar, MC5, Nine Inch Nails, T. Rex, Todd Rundgren. and Thin Lizzy. This is certainly a more impressive ‘rock’ list than in past years. Neither the Doobies nor Soundgarden have ever appeared on a Rock Hall ballot before, and Judas Priest returns to the nomination list – they earned a first-time nomination in 2018 but got passed over last year. This would seem to bode well for their actual induction.
Tom Johnston, an original member of the Doobies said in an interview, “Our band has definitely been around long enough, made enough noise hit-wise, given a lot of people a lot of pleasure and is still out doing it. I don’t know what else would be required. I think those are the requirements, so I wish we had been included a long time ago” For Motorhead T. Rex and Thin Lizzy, this is their first appearance on the ballot.
Also included in the list of 2020 nominees are acts that many wouldn’t consider being in the ‘rock’ category: Dave Matthews Band, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, Kraftwerk, the Notorious B.I.G. and Rufus featuring Chaka Khan. This is a first time on the nominee list for Matthews.
The 35th annual induction ceremony will be held May 2, 2020 at Public Auditorium in Cleveland. Fans can cast their own votes at Rockhall.com, or in person at the museum A Google search for “Rock Hall” will also give fans the opportunity to vote.
Fan votes will be accepted from today through 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 10. The top five artists, as selected by the public, make up a fans’ ballot that will be tallied along with the others. The rest of the ballots are sent to a group of international voters made up of more than 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry. Inductees will be announced in January 2020.
To be eligible for nomination, acts must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination