Depeche Mode, Jane’s Addiction, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Steppenwolf and Bad Brains have made the ballot for the Rock Hall’s Class of 2017. It represents each artist’s first nomination since becoming eligible years ago.
An artist is eligible for nomination 25 years after its first release. The members of the Class of 2017 will be announced in December with the annual Rock Hall ceremony set for April in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Depeche Mode has been eligible since 2006; Journey since 2000. Steppenwolf has been waiting since 1993. ELO fans have been lobbying since 1996. Meanwhile, Joan Baez has been eligible (wait for it) since 1985!
My picks? Janet Jackson, Journey, Joan Baez, Chic (11 nominations now!) and Pearl Jam. I’d also throw in Depeche Mode for huge influence.
Inductees will be announced in December.