As we all know, there’s nothing more relevant than the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. How else would we remember and recognize the greatness of bands like Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, and the Clash if not for such an institution? And what better captures rock and roll’s spirit of youthful defiance than
the Hard Rock Cafe a museum in Cleveland? But I digress. The RNRHOF’s 2013 inductees have been announced, and they are:
… in the Performer Category:
and the winners of the Ahmet Ertegun (non-performer) Award:
All deserving entertainers, to be sure. The most exciting names here have to be Rush and Public Enemy, right? Especially considering the fact that Rolling Stone hated Rush for decades, and RS publisher/HOF co-founder Jann Wenner allegedly has a substantial bit of clout regarding the Hall’s inductees.
Maybe it’s because this year, for the first time, “the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame offered fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process”? Probably not. According to the Hall, “performer inductees were chosen by more than 500 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.” For fans, the process went like this:
The public was able to visit rockhall.com, hbo.com, CNN.com and rollingstone.com to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, comprised a “fans’ ballot” that was tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2013 inductees.
So if I’m reading that correctly, even if seven billion fans voted for Rush, it would still only count for one vote in a pool of 500+ voters. (But rockhall.com, hbo.com, CNN.com, and rollingstone.com would be the beneficiary of seven billion hits.) Seems fair. The induction ceremony will broadcast on HBO on Saturday, May 18 at 9 p.m. Any chance Rush and PE team up for an all-star jam?