The nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 have been announced today (Oct. 4, 2012). The list includes such heavyweights as Rush, Deep Purple and Heart, while other nominees include The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Albert King, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, The Meters, Randy Newman, N.W.A, Procol Harum, Public Enemy and Donna Summer.
“The definition of ‘rock and roll’ means different things to different people, but as broad as the classifications may be, they all share a common love of the music,” commented Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation in what almost seems like an apology for the diverse announcement. “This year we again proudly put forth a fantastic array of groups and artists that span the entire genre that is ‘rock and roll’.”
The Rock Hall is continuing to snub some big names like New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi and glam masters KISS, despite fan outrage and band protests. KISS and Bon Jovi alone have accounted for about 250,000,000 albums sales since 1973. Those bands join a long list of credible acts that have not been accepted into the Hall even though they meet all the qualifications.
To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2013 Nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1987. Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 600 artists, historians and members of the music industry. All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, the nonprofit organization that exists to educate its audiences on the global impact of the rock and roll art form via the museum, as well as its education programs and library and archives.
The 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Thursday, April 18, 2013. The show will be broadcast on HBO at a later date.
The author of this article is Dan Savoie