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Rage Against the Machine and Radiohead fail to make the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame

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Rage Against The Machine and Radiohead were among the artists who did not make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, along with veteran metal act Judas Priest. All three acts were first-time nominees. The class of 2018 was announced on Wednesday (December 13th) and includes Bon JoviDire StraitsThe Moody BluesThe Cars and Nina Simone, with Sister Rosetta Tharpe being honored with an Early Influence award.

Other nominees who were passed over included first-timers Kate Bush and Eurythmics, along with repeat candidates Depeche ModeJ. Geils BandLL Cool J, the MC5, the MetersRufus featuring Chaka KhanLink Wray and the Zombies.

  • The 33rd annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland’s Public Hall on April 14th, 2018. An edited version will air later on HBO.
  • The Moody Blues and the surviving members of the Cars are expected to reunite and perform at the event, while Bon Jovi may perform with ex-guitarist Richie Sambora at the induction for the first time since 2013.
  • The members of Radiohead had indicated that if they were chosen for induction, they would be unable to attend the ceremony due to touring commitments in South America.



  • Ballots were sent to a voting group of more than 1,000 artists, historians and music-industry professionals.
  • The public was invited to participate again this year in the fan vote. The top five artists made up a fan’s ballot, which counted as a single vote. Bon Jovi topped the fan list.
  • Rock Hall rules state that artists become eligible 25 years after their first records were released, but the Hall also claims that other “criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock ‘n’ roll.”


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