Stevie Nicks already holds a place in the Honorary Witch Hall of Fame. And I don’t know if there’s a Museum of Capital-L Legends, but if that’s something that exists, then you can be sure to find Janet Jackson’s face in there. But there’s a chance one or both of them will soon find themselves in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Billboard has the list of 2019’s RRHOF nominees, and Stevie and Janet are among those who made this year’s cut.
Besides Stevie and Janet, this year’s nominees include Def Leppard, Devo, country folk singer John Prine, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Roxy Music, The Cure, Todd Rundgren, Rufus & Chaka Kahn, and The Zombies.
Nine of the 15 nominees have been nominated before. For example, both LL Cool J and Kraftwerk have now been nominated five times each. It’s Janet’s third nomination. Stevie is technically already in the RRHOF, with Fleetwood Mac, who were inducted in 1998. But this is her first solo nomination. If Janet gets inducted (and I hope for the sake of Les Moonves’ blood pressure she does), she’ll join her brothers Michael, Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, and Marlon (The Jackson 5 are in, as well as Michael Jackson for his solo work).
In order to get nominated for this year’s RRHOF, an artist or group has to have had their first single or album released in 1993 or earlier. More than 1000 committee members made up of artists, music historians, and journalists will vote on who gets in. This year is the first year that Radiohead is eligible for a nomination, but it doesn’t mean they’ll show up in the event they get in. Radiohead admitted to Rolling Stone last year that they weren’t crazy about the idea, and bassist Colin Greenwood joked that their induction performance might just be him performing the bass line to “Creep” five times.
Inductees will be announced in December. The induction ceremony will happen on March 29, 2019 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
This lineup of potential inductees may confuse some people who have a specific understanding of the term “rock & roll,” myself included. But there’s a reason for that, and it’s that the RRHOF have tried to be more diverse with their picks in recent years. I would say their choices are diverse for sure. I love Roxy Music, and I would argue that “More Than This” doesn’t make me want to rock and/or roll as much as it makes me want to do quaaludes in a 1982 Toyota Cressida.