The voters have spoken, and only two performers remain in Music Times' annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tournament: Green Day ad Joan Jett and The Blackhearts.
By combining the obsessive bracketology of March Madness with the annual naming of nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we allow you, the fans, to vote for nominees competitively, and therefore choose just one winner. Last year's champ was Peter Gabriel, who overtook KISS in the championship. Vote below and check back on Friday to see who the readers of Music Times have chosen to join him in the halls of our bracketology Hall of Fame: Green Day or Joan Jett?
In the meantime, if you aren't so interested in musical tournaments and would rather keep your attention on the actual NCAA Championship, you can check out our predictions of the Final Four, predicted by each university's musical alumni. Although we did pick the Michigan State Spartans to beat the Duke Blue Devils in a tight match (a pick that went quite the opposite of reality), we did make the bold pick of Wisconsin over highly-favored Kentucky, meaning we could still get the championship right. Watch the game between the Badgers and the Blue Devils tonight to find out how well we do.
So, with our further ado:
No. 2 Green Day versus No. 4 Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
The Roll Region was never any challenge for no. 2 Green Day. The pop punk icons tore through opening contestants The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Stevie Ray Vaughn, racking up more than 90 percent of the vote in both instances. The semifinal didn't change the results all that much: The Smiths came off of a surprising upset of N.W.A. but didn't have anything left in the tank to tackle the more popular Bay Area trio, and once again Green Day secured 92 percent of the vote on the way to a win.
More surprising perhaps was the results of the Rock region, where Joan Jett and The Blackhearts ignored its no. 4 seed ranking and fought its way into the championship. First it handled Bill Withers with 78 percent of the vote and then scraped by no. 1 seed Lou Reed by gathering 68 percent of the vote. If trends were to be considered, Jett and her crew didn't seem to have much of a chance against Nine Inch Nails, the no. 2 seed that had ended the seasons of The Spinners and Sting respectively. The New York rockers weren't done however, gathering its fans and blowing away Trent Reznor and company in the semifinal while taking 96 percent of the vote.
The semifinal games may not have been close but they certainly suggest that there's no clear favorite for the championship. Green Day has absolutely steamrolled all of its competition on the way to its current position. Then again, Jett and her band demonstrated that there's a fan base ready and willing to vote for one of the few female standouts among this year's nominees. Things could get tight. Come back on Friday to see who this year's winner is!