2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees: My Thoughts

The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have been announced.

And they are as followed

Deep purple
The Smiths
Janet Jackson
The Cars
Cheap Trick
The J.Bs
The Spinners
Los Lobos
Steve Miller
Chaka Khan
Nine Inch Nails
Six of these acts will be inducted in April next year.
As happens every year with this sham of an organisation, controversy emerges around who receives a nomination, as well as who is left out. One particular thing that gets my goat is how some of last year’s nominees do not receive a nomination again this time around. What then becomes the point of the nomination process? There is also the problem of continuously nominating people and not inducting them e.g. Chic, who have been nominated a record ten times. I also feel certain genres constantly get ignored such as metal, prog rock and indie/new wave, and US acts appear to be nominated more often than UK acts. This year, only three of the fifteen nominees are from the UK.
For the fourth year running, the public will be able to vote for their favourites at the Hall of Fame website until the 9th of December. The top five acts from the fan vote will compromise a fan’s ballot that will count as one of the ballots that determines the inductees.
I hope The Smiths, Yes, Deep Purple and NWA get inducted, along with one of Cheap Trick, The Cars, Chic or Chaka Khan. But my gut feeling is that both Janet Jackson and Nine Inch Nails will get the nod.
Now with this year’s nominees announced, it is another year where many artists have been passed over for induction yet again. The list of some of the artists not in the hall is extraordinary and could quite possibility pass as a list of hall of fame inductees. This list takes on even more significance when you consider some of the names who got inducted ahead of them. The question remains will they ever get inducted? And, if so when?
The List of who the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have snubbed

Big Star
Billy Bragg
The Cure
De La Soul
Dire Straits
Doobie Brothers
Fairport Convention
Gary Numan
Gipsy Kings
Grace Jones
Harry Nilsson
Joe Cocker
John Mayall and the Bluesbrekares
King Crimson
The Meters
Joy Division
New Order
Nick Drake
The Jam
Procol Harum
The Replacements
Roxy Music
Shangri Las
The Specials
T Rex
Warren Zevon
The Zombies
Todd Rundgren
Depeche Mode
Willie Nelson
Dick Dale
Iron Maiden 

– Sam 

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