Hello Cleveland! This upcoming November marks the 37th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. 37 years of Rock artists and musical innovators coming together for one epic night. This year features a diverse array of artists scheduled to be inducted. They include Eminem, Dolly Parton, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Pat Benatar, Duran Duran and Lionel Ritchie. Like many, these artists have awaited a lifetime to receive this prestigious honor. Though some may question the lineup as not having enough rock and roll, today, this article will clear the air on some lingering questions surrounding the Rock Hall.
For those who have not been paying attention these last 37 years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a right of passage amongst artists. It celebrates their cultural and musical impacts and helps celebrate those who have pushed rock and roll forward. To qualify to be inducted is a rigorous process. First and easiest way to enter is to have a debut album that has been out 25 years prior to the ceremony. While having a record released within the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s is an almost guaranteed means of entry, there are more hurdles an artist must face.
The artists inducted into the Rock Hall face no musical scrutiny. The artists are evaluated for how they changed music and having their music influence others. The Rock Hall also serves to preserve the artists legacies. Various musical touchstones that the artists have made famous over the years are also considered when the bands are inducted. Examples of this would include John Lennon’s glasses, Rob Halford’s leather jacket etc. These serve as ways that these artists have helped tell the story of the rock and roll genre. These legendary artifacts go beyond lyrics in a song, they are as iconic as the bands themselves.
While the fans help elect an artist for eligibility, there is nothing more scrutinous then having an artist’s fate be decided by the rock halls board. The board of directors for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame takes its job seriously. They base a large majority of their votes on the paragraph above. The reason behind this vote is to help future generations of musicians identify with what they perceive rock and roll to be. The 1200 people who make up the rock halls voting include musicians, record executives, DJs, managers, musicologists, and journalists evaluate each artist with precision. To see what they can tell us about the past and how that past can help shape the future.
This is the reason why certain artists, despite their legacy in our hearts have not been inducted. Though there is hope for groups like Iron Maiden, Heart, Boston, and even The Monkees. However, the inclusion of the fan vote has allowed for these exceptions. This year, most of the artists have been selected for the fan vote. No doubt the performances put on by these artists will be well worth the watch.
With this year’s Rock Hall nominated artists having been chosen, who are some artists that you wish were in the Rock Hall? Who are some that you feel deserve better treatment by the Rock Hall?