Andy Greene of Rolling Stone reports:

The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 are in, and the list includes Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane’s Addiction, Janet Jackson, Journey, the Cars, the Zombies and Yes. The rest of this year’s hopefuls are Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, J. Geils Band, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Kraftwerk, MC5 and Steppenwolf. The top vote-getters will be announced in December and inducted next April at a ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. HBO will broadcast the ceremony later in the year.

For the fifth consecutive year, the public will have the opportunity to vote alongside the more than 800 artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body. From now until December 6th, fans can vote on 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. Voting is available at the bottom of this page.

To be eligible for this year’s ballot, each nominee’s first single or album had to be released in 1991 or earlier. Some of the nominees have appeared on previous ballots, but this is the first appearance for Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane’s Addiction, Joan Baez, Journey, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, and Tupac Shakur. It’s Pearl Jam and Shakur’s first year of eligibility, while Chic earned a Hall of Fame record with 11 ballot appearances. It’s the fifth for Joe Tex, the fourth for the J. Geils Bands and Kraftwerk and the third for Yes.

In a change of tradition, the Hall of Fame has announced the individual members of each band that will be honored. Pearl Jam have had five drummers, but only current drummer Matt Cameron and founding member Dave Krusen will be inducted should they make it in. Electric Light Orchestra has had many musicians come and go over the years, but just Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, Bev Bevan and Richard Tandy made the cut. The classic Steve Perry lineup of Journey is listed along with founding keyboardist/singer Gregg Rolie. As far as Yes, original singer Jon Anderson is on the ballot along with drummers Bill Bruford and Alan White, keyboardists Tony Kaye and Rick Wakeman, guitarists Steve Howe and Trevor Rabin and bassist Chris Squire. Keyboardist Vince Clarke left Depeche Mode after their first album Speak & Spell, but he is listed along with the rest of the band.

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  • jeffrey heffernan on

    lmfao as usual the rolling stones best of list,journey should def be in there,but im pressed for a lot of the others,unreal,i cant even listen to the xm station rrhof channel ,i love how the try to rewrite history with some of the storys the tell about some of the artists,and they only play there select left wingers ,godforbid they paly some of the other groups like kiss,you might get one song a week by them,and its a really bad version of drc off of the symphony c.d .

  • Harold Taint on

    No Priest or Maiden? Janet Jackson and Depeche Mode are about as Rock n Roll as my left testicle.

  • Mark Ellis on

    I believe Priest and Maiden will get in eventually. I think the Scorpions should go as well. RE Pearl Jam, no they are not one of the most influential bands in history. They were however one of the leading bands of the grunge movement, from which I liked a lot of specific songs, like “Rooster” by AIC and “Jeremy” by Pearl Jam and “In Bloom” by Nirvana. I’ll go out on a limb here and predict that Ghost–who we saw in Portland on the 16th, and who rocked–will someday be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

  • Andrew on

    Still hard to believe no Bad Company or Free which means no Paul Rodgers. No Thin Lizzy or Humble Pie either. Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher as well as Priest, Maiden and Scorpions. These artists are my picks.

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