Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander: From Safety Harbor to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
From October 8, 2015 through December 9, 2015 fans can visit www.rockhall.com to cast votes for induction. The top five artists, as selected by the public will comprise a “fan’s ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2016 Inductees. Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 800 artists, historians and members of the music industry.
Here is the link to the poll:
Break out the white flags.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame may finally surrender to Cheap Trick, nominated for the first time for induction in 2016. Eligible since 2002, the I Want You to Want Me rockers join other first-ever nominees including R&B veteran Janet Jackson, new wave rockers The Cars and Mexican-American group Los Lobos.
Singer Chaka Khan is nominated solo (previously up for 2012 induction with funk band Rufus), while Steve Miller and Chicago are in contention after two decades of eligibility.Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., Chic and The Smiths — all in the running last year — are nominated again.
“It’s a wide range,” says Joel Peresman, CEO and president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “I always find that’s how it comes together, but it’s representative of different people’s definitions of rock.” With less-familiar artists such asJames Brown’s funk group The J.B.’s in the mix, “it’s not necessarily how many records you’ve sold, it’s about what your influence in the arts is.”
The nominees represent “the splintering of genres that increasingly began to characterize popular music since the ’90s — and the variety of nominees that I think we’ll see from now into the future,” says Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis. The inclusion of Los Lobos, in particular, “acknowledges not just decades of great work, but the important Latino influence in the history of rock ‘n’ roll.”
Inductees will be determined by more than 800 artists, historians and music-industry professionals. Artists are eligible for consideration 25 years after releasing their first single or album (1990, for the newest crop of nominees).
The public can participate in the process by casting votes through select media outlets, including usatoday.com, and at rockhall.com. Voting ends Dec. 9 and the top five artists will make up a fans’ ballot, which counts as a single vote.
The 2016 inductees will be announced in December and the induction ceremony will be held in New York in April.
This year’s hopefuls:
Cheap Trick. The hard-rocking, power-pop pioneers (Dream Police) found success in Japan before breaking through stateside and have toured almost nonstop over the band’s four-decade history.