The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is offering you the opportunity to officially participate in their induction selection process. Through December 9, 2015, visit rockhall.com to cast your votes for who you believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other 800 ballots to choose the 2016 inductees.
The nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 are: The Cars, Chaka Khan, Chicago, Cheap Trick, Chic, Deep Purple, The J.B.’s, Janet Jackson, Los Lobos, Steve Miller, N.W.A., Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, The Spinners, and Yes. (The African American nominees are listed in bold.)
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 (1990). The inductees will be announced in December, the 2016 Inductions will be held in New York in April 2016, and HBO will broadcast the ceremony later in 2016.
Chaka Khan – Chaka came to prominence with the innovative funk/rock group Rufus in the 1970s, representing the racial and social integration at the heart of rock and roll. With her incredible vocal range and mastery of dynamics, Khan has recorded durable and powerful music through four decades.
Chic – Founded by songwriter-producer-guitarist Nile Rodgers, bassist Bernard Edwards (1952-1996), and drummer Tony Thompson (1954-2003), they rescued disco in 1977 with a combination of groove, soul and distinctly New York City studio smarts, making Chic the preeminent disco band of the late 70s.
The J.B.’s – Assembled when James Brown needed a new backing band, the J.B.’s quickly became the heaviest funk ensemble on Earth, gradually becoming the backbone of George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic.
Janet Jackson – Janet brushed aside the challenges of being a superstar’s youngest sibling and became one of pop music’s dominant figures. After starring on TV’s “Good Times” and “Fame,” the five-times-platinum Control album in 1986 staked her claim as an R&B powerhouse. With over 160 million records sold, she is one of the best-selling artists in history, and holds the record for most consecutive Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 by a female artist with 18.
N.W.A. – From their Compton, California headquarters, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella, by force of will and unrelenting tales of street life, sold tens of millions of records, influenced multiple generations the world over and extended artistic middle fingers to the societal barriers of geography, respectability, caste, authority and whatever else got in their way.
The Spinners – One of the world’s most beloved R&B vocal groups, the Spinners were a hitmaking machine at Atlantic Records, where they came to define the Philadelphia Sound that dominated pop and urban radio and dance clubs in the 70s.