Deep Purple, Nine Inch Nails, Yes and Cheap Trick are among the 15 artists newly nominated for possible induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The top vote-getters will will be announced in December and inducted next April at a ceremony in New York. The other nominees are The Cars, Steve Miller, Chicago, Los Lobos, Janet Jackson, N.W.A., The Smiths, Chaka Khan, Chic, The JBs and the Spinners.
For the fourth consecutive year, the public will be able to vote alongside the more than 800 artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body. From now until December 9th, fans can vote on RollingStone.com for the nominees they'd like to see inducted. The top five acts will comprise a "fan's ballot" that will count as one of the ballots that determine the class of 2016.
- This is the first year that Chicago, Cheap Trick, the Cars, Los Lobos and Steve Miller have been nominated.
- Last year's Hall Of Fame class included Green Day, Lou Reed, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ringo Starr.
- Bands that were eligible for nomination for the first time but were passed over included Alice In Chains, the Black Crowes, Jane's Addiction and Soundgarden.
- Soundgarden's Chris Cornell inducted Heart into the Hall in 2013 and said at the time that that year's crop of inductees -- which also included Rush and Public Enemy -- gave him hope that Soundgarden could get in one day: "It bodes well for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Like, now I'm more excited. Now I feel like there's more integrity in terms of the organization because they're recognizing a band like Heart, a band like Public Enemy, a band like Rush, which is one of my favorite bands of all time. So it makes me more excited about the possibility of my future induction if it happens, because now I believe in it a little bit more after tonight."
- Singer Ian Gillan of Deep Purple -- who have been eligible for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for two decades now -- said last year that he didn't care if his band ever got in, explaining that the people who run the Hall Of Fame organization don't "quite understand what we are."
- Purple was denied entry in 2013, passed over for the likes of pop singer-songwriter Randy Newman and R&B singer Donna Summer.
- Others denied a nomination once again this year included Iron Maiden, the Moody Blues, Journey, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Styx, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and many more.