Rock Hall ignorance

If ignorance is bliss, then the Rock Hall continues to be blissfully ignorant. The just-announced list of 2020 inductees certainly includes some head-scratchers, especially considering the ‘rock’ acts that once again have been ignored.

What is most confusing to fans is that the recent fan vote winner, the Dave Matthews Band, along with runners-up, Pat Benatar, Judas Priest and, Soundgarden, did not get inducted. The Doobie Brothers, who also finished in the Top 5 in fan voting, will be inducted. Matthews’ exclusion marks the first time that the fan vote winner did not get inducted.

The other acts that will be inducted in 2002 are, T-Rex, Whitney Houston, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, and Notorious B.I.G. This, of course, marks a point of contention for many ‘rock’ fans – why Whitney and why not Judas Priest?

The Hall likes to celebrate diversity and influential artists, and for those reasons, one cannot dispute Houston or Notorious B.I.G. However, the institution takes a lot of criticism because it is called “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” Maybe it’s finally time for a brand and name change to the “Music Hall of Fame.”

In addition to the recording acts, Jon Landau, a former music critic who became Bruce Springsteen‘s manager and co-producer, and Eagles manager Irving Azoff will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which is given to non-performers who have contributed to the growth of rock ‘n’ roll.

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