The always-controversial Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its list of nominees for the potential 2017 class of inductees. Among those leading the list include Jane's Addition, Janet Jackson, Pearl Jam, Tupac, Depeche Mode and Chic.
Also included on the list were Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), The Cars, Yes, The Zombies, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, MC5, Steppenwolf and J. Geils Band.
To be eligible for this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the nominee's first single or album had to be released in 1991 or earlier.
Some of the nominees have appeared on past ballots, but there are a slew of first timers in 2017. Those include, Jane's Addition, Depeche Mode, Bad Brains, Tupac, Electric Light Orchestra, Steppenwolf, Pearl Jam, Journey and Joan Baez.
This is the 11th time Chic has been on the ballot, a record, the fifth for Joe Tex, fourth for J. Geils Band and Kraftwerk and third for Yes.
For the fifth consecutive year, fans will be able to vote for whom they think should be in the Hall of Fame alongside the panel of more than 800 artists, historians and industry insiders. From now until Dec. 6, they can vote. Vote on the Hall's website.
The Rock Hall is making one change in tradition this year. It is choosing the members of the band that will make it to the hall instead of all members over the course of a band's lifetime. Pearl Jam has had five drummers, but only Matt Cameron would make it in should they be inducted. Normally this is an opportunity for estranged members of bands to get back together, but it appears as though the Rock Hall wants to cut down on those reunions.
The winners will be announced in December and be inducted into the Hall in April.
2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees:
Electric Light Orchestra
J. Geils Band