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ROCK HALL'S LATEST LUMINARIES

Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks and Roxy Music have made it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame the first time their names have appeared on the ballot. They’ll be joined by The Cure, Janet Jackson, Radiohead and The Zombies in the class of 2019.

It's the largest class since 2004 and the most British—five acts—in its history. The 34th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place 3/29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Radiohead gets in in the band’s second year of eligibility; The Cure, eligible since 2004, appeared on the ballot once before; Jackson was nominated in 2016 and 2017; and The Zombies prove the fourth time’s a charm. Nicks is the first female multiple inductee, having previously been inducted as a member of Fleetwood Mac.

Def Leppard won the fan ballot. The band’s Joe Elliott said in a statement, “First of all, a massive thanks to all our fans and past inductees who voted for us. Congratulations to all our fellow inductees, we stand alongside some amazing artists, past & present. What an absolute honour.”

The members of Radiohead issued a statement saying theyhave been surprised to learn of the band’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The band thanks the Hall of Fame voting body and extends congratulations to this year’s fellow inductees.”

Voters passed on inducting other first-timers—Todd RundgrenJohn Prine and Devo—as well as Rage Against the Machine, KraftwerkLL Cool JMC5, and Rufus & Chaka Khan. To be eligible, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior.

More than 1,000 artists, including current living Inductees, historians and members of the music industry vote on the Hall candidates. We’ll be spending the rest of the day figuring out how to stuff the ballot box for Todd next year.

 

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