The nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Class of 2017 have been announced, and this year’s batch is more fan-friendly than ever.
Gay faves Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan, Joan Baez and Depeche Mode made the list, as did Pearl Jam, Chic, Tupac Shakur, ELO, Jane’s Addiction, Journey, the Cars, the Zombies, Bad Brains, J. Geils Band, Joe Tex, Kraftwerk, MC5 and Steppenwolf.
The top vote-getters will be announced in December and inducted next April at a ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
It’s the first nomination for Depeche Mode, which was started by Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher and Vince Clarke in 1980. Disco icons Chic, on the other hand, have now been nominated 11 times.
To be eligible, a nominee’s first single or album had to be released in 1991 or earlier. Janet’s debut album, Janet Jackson, was released in 1982 and peaked at Number 63 on the Billboard 200
From now until December 6, fans can vote on the Rolling Stone website for the artists they want to see inducted.
The top five acts will comprise a “fan’s ballot” that will count toward the class of 2017.