Vote now for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Clockwise from top left: LL Cool J, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Meters, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Rage Against the Machine.

Clockwise from top left: LL Cool J, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Meters, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Rage Against the Machine.

It’s not too late for you to have your say in who’s next for Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 5, fans can cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock & 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 ballots to choose the 2018 inductees. Fans will need to login with a Facebook account or email to vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day. 19 artists make up the 2018 induction ballot.

The nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 are: Bon Jovi, Kate Bush, The Cars, Depeche Mode, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, J. Geils Band, Judas Priest, LL Cool J, MC5, The Meters, Moody Blues, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Link Wray, and The Zombies.

Of the 19, nine are appearing on the ballot for the first time and two of those groups are newly eligible this year. Check out Nominee bios on the Rock Hall website to learn more about each artist represented on this year’s ballot and cast your own vote in the Fan’s Vote.

Each year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation’s nominating committee selects the group of artists nominated in the performer category. Ballots are then sent to more than 900 historians, members of the music industry and artists—including every living Rock Hall inductee—and the five performers receiving the most votes become that year’s induction class. Beginning in 2012, fans were given the chance to vote for the nominees they’d like to see inducted into the Rock Hall. The top five vote-getters in the public poll form one ballot, which is weighted the same as the rest of the submitted ballots.

Artists—a group encompassing performers, composers and/or musicians—become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first commercial recording. Besides demonstrating unquestionable musical excellence and talent, inductees will have had a significant impact on the development, evolution and preservation of rock & roll.
Performers: This category honors bands or solo artists which demonstrate musical excellence. Such a descriptor includes (but isn’t limited to) influence on other performers or genres; length and depth of career and catalogue; stylistic innovations; or superior technique and skills.

Ahmet Ertegun Award:This award (which was formerly known as the non-performer category) honors songwriters, producers, disc jockeys, record executives, journalists and other industry professionals who have had a major influence on rock & roll.

Early Influences: These artists pre-date the birth of rock & roll, but have had a profound impact on music’s evolution and its iconic artists.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award for Musical Excellence: This award honors performers, songwriters and producers who have changed the course of music history. These artists have dedicated their lives to creating influential, important music infused with originality, and have achieved a level of timeless distinction.