It’s another year, another chance for musicians everywhere to gather around the water cooler to debate the latest crop of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees.
It’s a given that no award nomination lists will ever please everyone all of the time, but the 2016 nominees, which include Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, The Cars, Chaka Khan, Chic, The JB's, Janet Jackson, Los Lobos, Steve Miller, N.W.A., Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, The Spinners, and Yes, offer something for fans of nearly every genre to celebrate—rock or not.
Yet reaction in the media is mixed, as usual. Here's a sampling:
Hometown publication Cleveland.com celebrates R&B icon Janet Jackson as the clear standout, along with longtime snubs Cheap Trick, The Cars, Yes, Chicago and Steve Miller.
The LA Times made a case for NWA belonging in the Hall of Fame.
NJ.com lamented Bon Jovi’s exclusion from the list.
Gibson praised the healthy number of guitar bands on the list.
And the LA Weekly questioned the event’s entire reason for being.
Depending on your opinion of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you’ll be either dismayed or thrilled when the Class of 2016 will be announced in December. Stay tuned!
To be eligible for Rock Hall nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years before the year of nomination. Ballots are sent to an international voting body of more than 800 artists, historians and members of the music industry. Fans can cast their vote for the Rock Hall Inductees at rockhall.com.