By Brian Ives
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their nominees for the 2016 induction ceremony, and the class ranges from hardcore hip-hop to industrial metal, disco to post-punk, classic rock to R&B.
The full list of nominees is:
• Cheap Trick
• Deep Purple
• The Cars
• Chaka Khan
• The J.B.’s
• Janet Jackson
• Los Lobos
• Steve Miller
• Nine Inch Nails
• The Smiths
• The Spinners
While some of the bands, including Chicago, Deep Purple and Yes, have had revolving door lineups through their careers, the Hall of Fame has not yet indicated which members will be included. But the show does offer the possibility of some reunions, including Chicago with former bassist/singer Peter Cetera, Deep Purple with former guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, Yes with former singer Jon Anderson, and Cheap Trick with former drummer Bun E. Carlos.
The surviving members of N.W.A. have appeared together recently to promote their hugely successful biopic, Straight Outta Compton, and if inducted, the promise of a N.W.A. performance would be a huge draw.
Janet Jackson and Nine Inch Nails still headline huge venues as they did during their commercial heydays, as does former Smiths singer Morrissey. But the odds of a Smiths reunion seem remote, to say the least, as Morrissey has reportedly turned down large offers to play with his former bandmates.
And for those unfamiliar with the J.B.’s: they are James Brown’s former band who also released music on their own. Their lineup over the years included, among others, Bootsy and Catfish Collins, Bobby Byrd, Jabo Starks. Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker and their classics included “Pass The Peas,” “Gimme Some More,” and “Doing It To Death.”
Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 800 artists, historians and members of the music industry.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will again offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning October 8 and continuing through December 9, 2015 fans can visit rockhall.com to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and 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 2016 inductees.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 inductees will be announced in December.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 Inductions will be held in New York in April 2016 and HBO will again broadcast the ceremony later in 2016. Venue and ticket on-sale information will be announced at a later date.