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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018
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A few months have passed since the Rock and Roll hall of Fame Induction ceremony so…time to look at next year. Bands and artists become eligible 25 years after their first album comes out. That means Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine are becoming eligible.  They are only 2 of the candidates who could make the ballot. Other notable names whose first releases came in 1993:

Hootie and the Blowfish

 Stone Temple Pilots

 Wu-Tang Clan

While attention is always paid to the new names on the ballot, several veteran acts having been raising their profiles lately:

 Last year's nominations of Steppenwolf and MC5 were well-received, although they fell short. (I think MC5 influenced SO many hard rock bands they should be in…apparently the voters did not agree…step it up for next year!)

 The Zombies, who were nominated in two of the last three years, have a new exhibit at the Hall's museum in Cleveland.

 Janet Jackson was on the comeback trial when she stopped to have a baby and end a marriage.

 There is criticism that women are badly under-represented. Maybe 2018 could be the year for Eurythmics? Annie Lennox was just announced as the recipient of the first-ever George Harrison Global Citizen Award.

Nominees will be announced in October and winners revealed in December. Next year's gala will be held in Cleveland on April 14th.

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