Rock and Roll Hall of Fame noms: Who got snubbed?

Bonjovivaughn_l_2In mulling over the list of nine finalists up for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, one thing kind of stands out: Half of the artists ain’t rock and roll. Yes, we have Metallica, Wanda Jackson, Jeff Beck, and the Stooges. And even Run D.M.C., though a rap act, has had a major impact on rock and roll, thanks to their use of rock samples and groundbreaking collaboration with Aerosmith on "Walk This Way." But then there’s soul/doo-wop singers Little Anthony and the Imperials, funk band War, soul/R&B singer Bobby Womack, and the most miscast "rock and roll" act on the list, Chic (nominated for a second year in a row). Now, I know "rock and roll" can be loosely applied to a lifestyle, an attitude, the rebellious side of pop music, if you will, and I know its roots in blues an R&B make nods for Bobby Womack and War seem plausible. But I really can’t understand how Chic, a disco band (and a very good one at that), is up while Bon Jovi and Stevie Ray Vaughan (artists with the requisite 25 years since the release of their first records) sit on the sidelines.

Who else got snubbed, PopWatchers? Are you into the Hall’s loose interpretation of "rock and roll," or do you think they took a wrong turn by inducting Grand Master Flash last year?

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    after looking at the list for newly eligible artists (, it’s the smiths and cyndi lauper who jump out at me, though i’m also shocked last year’s nominees (and not inductees) the beastie boys are nowhere to be found.

  • Winona

    Rush, Rush, and oh yeah, Rush. And the Hollies, too.
    I’m all for inducting other popular genres, but not quite sure how they fit under the “rock and roll” umbrella. I’ll be in Cleveland this weekend for a work conference and am headed to the Rock Hall, of course – I’ll have to do some further research…

  • Dan Marsh

    Rush, Yes, ELP, Genesis, the list goes on and on and on and on……

  • Linda

    I wonder if Billy Joe Royal ever made it into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Does anyone know? What about Tom Jones, Ricky Nelson, Bobby Sherman and a few others from way back when. If those aren’t in there, they should be.

  • flightjkt

    Well, what we are talking about here is another phenomena that is unique to our fair nation, in the same way that we measure using feet (as opposed to meters) and we enjoy football (as opposed to what we call soccer).
    In any other country, common sense dictates that the music most popular with listeners is referred to as “Pop Music,” regardless if it is created with guitars or with turntables.
    However, since 1967, our country has been held captive to the notion created by Jann Wenner that since he considers rock n’ roll to be the most culturally important American creation of the century, ALL popular music should be viewed through that distorted prism.
    Btw, this should also explain why RS magazine has floundered so badly in trying to stay relevant in an age when hip-hop and country continue to rule the airwaves and the popular imagination…

  • Kathleen

    Winona, I was going to post almost the exact same thing. It was definitely going to mention Rush several times.

  • Lee

    I agree about the Beastie Boys, but more importantly, what about Electric Light Orchestra? They’ve broken more ground and had more hits than Chic and War combined!!

  • Cracker

    Other than the aforementioned Bon Jovi and Stevie Ray Vaughan, the ones that jump out at me the most are Cheap Trick, The Cars, Motley Crue, Kiss, Def Leppard and Judas Priest. All ROCK groups… all very influential and popular.
    The RNR HOF has been a joke for years. I still haven’t gone to it. Probably won’t.

  • Minutiae

    I also have to agree with Rush. Not only have they influenced a lot of bands, but they were HUGE in the late 70’s/early 80’s, and have just about the most dedicated fanbase I have ever seen. I’d also agree with Bruno, and say that the fact that SRV isn’t in the Hall is an absolute travesty.

  • Skizzer

    Gotta agree with Cracker on his choices. I am especially peaved that Madonna, who started as a fluff dance act and still is, gets in. But Kiss, who along with Genesis pioneered the whole grand scale rock perfomance are not in. The reason….the people in charge of deciding are New Yorkers who think they know better than the public. They try and make picks they think are cool, not necessarily worthy. I live in Cleveland, love the hall, but hate the system for choosing who gets in.

  • JohnO

    ABBA was very influential. Not exactly rock, but deserve induction.

  • Babs

    Ach, my brother’s gonna plotz when he sees Todd Rundgren’s been passed over again.

  • Observer

    Stevie Ray Vaughn is so supreme none of these other bands except Jeff Beck and Metallica should even be mentioned in the same breath. For him not to be nominated is disgraceful. I have lost total respect for the Hall of Fame now.

    • Deborah Mullins

      SRV should be sitting next to Hendrix, on a throne, at the Hall of Fame. I am no longer interested in the cheap carnie act atmosphere of the Hall of Fame Cronies.

  • the2scoops

    Shame – apparently Rush didn’t benefit from The Colbert Bump. And as much as I love Beastie Boys, it wouldn’t be right if they got in ahead of Run DMC.

  • Liddy

    Rush, Rush and more Rush!

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