As predicted, Pearl Jam and 2Pac are both on the list, and there are also some other, more surprising nominees. For the first time ever, Jane’s Addiction, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, and, most hearteningly, underground punk legends Bad Brains are all up for induction. And there are plenty of other nominees who have already been nominated, including Kraftwerk, Janet Jackson, the MC5, the Cars, and permanent bridesmaids Chic. Also, Nine Inch Nails and the Smiths, both of whom were nominated for the past two years, were snubbed this year. Below, check out the full list of this year’s nominees.
Electric Light Orchestra
J. Geils Band
Five artists from the list will be inducted into the hall this coming April based on votes from a group of music industry professionals and historians. Those selections will be announced in December. This year, for the first time, the Hall Of Fame is specifying which members of each band will be honored (this has been a contentious issue in years past). Among Pearl Jam’s five drummers, only current drummer Matt Cameron and co-founder Dave Krusen are included. The ELO members to be inducted would be Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, Bev Bevan, and Richard Tandy. And though they left their bands long ago, Steve Perry, Jon Anderson, and Vince Clarke made the cut with Journey, Yes, and Depeche Mode, respectively.