Maeve McDermott of USA Today has listed the artists she thinks were snubbed by the 2019 Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductions. What do you think of USA Today’s list and reasons?


This is the first year that Beck is eligible for the Rock Hall – his first album Golden Feelings came out in 1993 – and while it seems likely that the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will be nominated at some point, 2018 wasn’t his year.


Another newly eligible band, Blink-182 hasn’t seen many other bands of their ’90s pop-punk generation make it to the Rock Hall, save for Green Day in 2015.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

The classic ’90s hip-hop group began planning their nomination campaign years ago, and considering the hip-hop genre is a relatively new addition to the Rock Hall, their generation of rappers deserve recognition.

Counting Crows

Grunge icons Nirvana and Pearl Jam have already made it to the Rock Hall, but how the committee treats the Counting Crows and the generation of ’90s alt-rockers that arrived in grunge’s wake remains to be seen.

Dave Matthews Band

Similarly, DMB’s jam band brethren haven’t had a ton of luck making it into the Rock Hall, though they have achieved more charts success than groups like Phish, who became eligible for nomination in the ’80s and have yet to appear on a shortlist.

Depeche Mode

There’s a noticeable lack of ’80s British new wave in the Rock Hall. And while this year’s nominations of The Cure and Devo are steps in the right direction, that leaves bands like Depeche Mode, along with Duran Duran, New Order and The Smiths, on the snubs list.

Jane’s Addiction

With Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 2012 induction and Rage Against the Machine’s nomination this year, the next Los Angeles rock group of this generation to make the Rock Hall should be Jane’s Addiction, which was last nominated in 2017.

Jeff Buckley

Can Buckley make it into the Rock Hall on the strength of a single album? Fans of “Grace,” his beloved debut and only full-length release before his death in 1997, would certainly say so.

Judas Priest

The influential rockers have been eligible since 1999, and considering the number of other heavy metal acts that have made it in the Rock Hall – including Black Sabbath, Metallica, Deep Purple and Kiss – Judas Priest belongs in the mix as well.

Kate Bush

Also nominated last year, Bush may be more familiar to UK listeners than in America, but her hugely influential discography, which continues to inspire some of the most interesting contemporary pop artists today, more than qualifies as Rock Hall material.

Nine Inch Nails

The band that made industrial rock mainstream, Trent Reznor and Co. have been nominated twice, with no dice.


Perhaps the year’s biggest snub of a newly eligible act goes to Outkast, though it seems unlikely that the group’s Big Boi and Andre 3000 will be excluded from the Rock Hall for long.

Sheryl Crow

Newly eligible this year, Crow has all the critical love and the commercial hits she needs to make it into the Rock Hall.

Snoop Dogg

Snoop took the stage at the Rock Hall induction ceremony in 2017 to deliver a moving tribute to his friend Tupac Shakur. Newly eligible this year, it’s time that Snoop gets his own tribute at a Rock Hall induction in the near future.


Until Janet Jackson gets inducted into the Rock Hall, one of the many names whose recognition is long overdue, there should be an honorary moratorium on any other R&B artists out of respect. That being said, Usher did become eligible this year, and how the Rock Hall treats the radio-friendly R&B artists of his generation will be interesting to watch.


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  • KB on

    Doug R: Journey DID make it into the Rock Hall in 2017. Totally agree with the rest of your list. Priest should certainly be in but I think it will take a long time for them to make it, as it does for most hard rock/heavy metal bands. Most of the bands/artists on your list are still performing and making music today and have sold millions of albums, far more than anyone can say about the obscure artists the Hall seems to promote. I loved Boston. Was fortunate to see them live in 1987 on the Third Stage tour and they were phenomenal in concert. The musicianship was just incredible. Compare them – and most of the other bands on your list – to some of the current Hall nominees and inductees who can barely play their instruments and were one and done on the charts. Love Scorpions, too. I mean, if the Hall is looking for “cultural relevance”, remember how big “Wind of Change” was? They even met with Gorbachev in Russia on the basis of that song! And Scorpions give Priest a real run for their money with best lead and follow-up opening track on an album with “Blackout” and “Can’t Live Without You” from Blackout. Excellent! But, I still have to give the nod to Priest with The Hellion/Electric Eye and Riding on the Wind (you’re welcome, Dana!)

    • Doug R. on

      You’re absolutely right KB, I forgot about Journey last year, like I did with Bon Jovi earlier this year, getting old-er sucks! Like the old saying, the memory is the first thing to go, I think, I can’t remember! 😉 LOL!!!

  • frankd on

    Usher? Really? Rock and roll? This is a very stupid. Enough already.

  • dcinsc7 on

    It makes we wonder if the committee responsible for choosing who gets into the Hall actually listen to music and if they are even capable of doing research. I don’t like NIN, but ANY objective observer can look at their impact on music in the 90’s, and the continuous contributions Trent Reznor makes to music. Spending 10 minutes on Google, and any objective observer can research Iron Maiden’s world wide impact on music. Just Spotify Pat Benatar’s greatest hits and it’s obvious she belongs in the Hall. She was one of the first female rock artists on MTV at its inception. Way more successful than Chaka Khan. The RRHOF voting committee is very negligent in their responsibility to objectively honor those artists who have contributed to the palette of music, which has enriched our lives. Shame on them.

  • Ray Gillen on

    Nice list Doug R . I would like to toss in Peter Frampton as well . I won`t get into the many reasons why I think he should be in there over many others but it strikes me as kind of odd how he is not ever mentioned.

    • Doug R. on

      Ray, you are absolutely correct! We definitely have to add Peter Frampton to the list! Can’t believe I forgot about Frampton, geez!

  • shannon mehaffey on

    Where’s Weezer?

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