It’s that time again—time for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to start deciding on next year’s inductees. This week, the organization released its ballot of nominees, which includes KISS, Nirvana, Yes, Hall & Oates, LL Cool J, Linda Ronstadt, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel and others.
As was the case last year, fans will have a say in the voting process to select the 2014 Rock Hall of Fame inductees. Well, sort of—it’s not as big a deal as it sounds.
Through a poll available from now through December 10 on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website, and also on the Rolling Stone website, fans can select up to five of the nominees that they want to see inducted. The five bands or artists receiving the most votes will comprise a “fan’s ballot” to be cast, along with about 600 other votes, to select the inductees.
You read that right—millions of fans = one vote. See why I said it’s not that big of a deal?
The remaining ballots will be cast by the current voting body of the Rock Hall of Fame, a collection of music industry professionals, insiders, music historians and other artists. The induction ceremony is scheduled to occur in New York City this time, in April 2014, at which time the winners will be officially inducted.
A number of nominees on the ballot have appeared on the ballot before—such as KISS, who have been repeatedly overlooked. First-timers on the ballot include Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Yes, and the Replacements, among others. It’s also the first time for Peter Gabriel as a solo artist, but if selected, this would be his second induction (he was inducted in 2009 as a member of the band Genesis).
To be eligible this year as a nominee, bands and artists had to have released their first album or single in 1988 or prior. Nirvana is the only band on the list to be nominated the first year they became eligible, thanks to their first single “Love Buzz” which was released toward the end of 1988.