Rock Hall 2017 Inductees Include Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Journey

This morning, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announced its 2017 class of inductees, the six artists who are on their way into the Hall next year. The two mortal-lock first-ballot nominees, Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur, are now officially on their way into the hall; as Rolling Stone reports, they are now the first two Hall Of Fame artists who began their careers during the ’90s. They join a class that is otherwise heavy on ’70s radio-rock: Journey, Yes, and Electric Light Orchestra, as well as the influential early-’60s folk star Joan Baez.

That means that many of the more intriguing artists who were nominated this year officially did not make the cut. Bad Brains, Kraftwerk, MC5, Depeche Mode, the Cars, and Chaka Khan will have to hope for their day in the sun another year.

Meanwhile, though Chic — who have been nominated 11 times — have still not made it into the the Hall Of Fame. This time, though, they’ve singled out frontman and founder Nile Rodgers, giving him an Award For Musical Excellence. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Rodgers says, “It’s sort of bittersweet. I’m quite flattered that they believed that I was worthy, but my band Chic didn’t win. They plucked me out of the band and said, ‘You’re better than Chic.’ That’s wacky to me… I am flattered and I think it’s cool, but I feel like somebody put me in the lifeboat and told my family they can’t get in.”

Next year’s induction ceremony goes down 4/7 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and an edited broadcast of it will later air on HBO.