To be eligible for nomination, a band or artist had to have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to their year of induction; 2018 nominees had to release their first official recording no later than 1992. Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 900 artists, historians and music industry members who will weigh factors including musical influence on other artists, and length and depth of career and body of work, including “innovation and superiority in style and technique.”
Nominees on Rock Hall’s official site
Fan voting on Rock Hall’s official site began Wednesday and will continue through Dec. 5. The complete list of nominees is here: Bon Jovi; Kate Bush; The Cars; Depeche Mode; Dire Straits; Eurythmes; The j. Geils Band; Judas Priest; Link Wray; LL Cool J; MC5; The Meters; Moody Blues; Nina Simone; Radioead; Rage against the machone; Rufus featuring Chak Khan; Sister Rosetta Tharpe; The Zombies. Some notes from commentators: Depeche Mode in their second-straight year of nomination. The MC5 went 14 years between their first two nominations (2003 and 2017), but now it’s two years in a row. Bon Jovi has already more than 100,000,000 fans. Every nominee has its chance.