The 2009 nominations for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum were announced this week. Nine artists were chosen, though only five will be inducted in next year’s ceremonies.
The nominees are:
Little Anthony and the Imperials
Ballots will be sent to more than 500 voters, most of whom are music industry executives and Hall of Fame members. The new inductees for the 24th Annual Induction Ceremony will be announced in January 2009. The ceremony will be held on April 4 at historic Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, the museum’s home, instead of at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York where 21 of the previous 23 events have taken place. To be eligible for nomination into the Rock Hall, an artist must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.
Also, for the first time ever, tickets to the ceremony will be made available to the public.
I’ve never quite figured out what the criteria is for being elected to the Rock Hall of Fame. Personally, I still can’t believe that the Zombies or T-Rex or Tom Waits or MC5 or the Beastie Boys or Quincy Jones aren’t in the hall. What the hell, I might as well add Dr. John, Tim Buckley, Robert Wyatt/Soft Machine, Tim Hardin, Brigitte Fontaine, John Fahey, Pentangle, Jimmy Ricks and the Ravens, Tommy James, Television, Nico, Gabor Szabo, Richard and Mimi Farina, einstuerzende neubauten, Young Marble Giants, Pearls Before Swine, Pere Ubu, Link Wray, James Blood Ulmer, Throbbing Gristle, Sandy Bull, Derek Bailey, Tiny Grimes, Can, Nina Simone, Exuma, Lenny Breau, Sonny Sharrock…
Anyway, I think Metallica and Run-D.M.C. are shoe-ins for the Hall next year, other first-time nominees include Little Anthony & the Imperials, Bobby Womack and War. Jeff Beck is being nominated as a solo artist; he was previously inducted as a member of the Yardbirds. But I’d really like to see Cleveland born soul singer /songwriter Bobby Womack, rockabilly icon Wanda Jackson and L.A.’s own War get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Chic, Wanda Jackson and the Stooges have all been previously on the ballot, but came up short on votes.