Is this the year Janet Jackson makes it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? Will Def Leppard rocket their way onto the final ballot as first-time nominees?
This year’s nomination class includes several other first ballot possibilities – Devo, John Prine, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks (she’s already enshrined with Fleetwood Mac and is the first woman with the chance to be inducted twice) and Todd Rundgren.
The other nominees, along with Jackson, are Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, The Cure, Rufus & Chaka Khan and The Zombies.
Eligibility for nominations requires an individual artist or band to have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.
Inductees will be announced in December, with the 2019 ceremony taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on March 29.
The Rock Hall inductees are chosen by an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry. Fans can also participate in the selection process through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 9 by casting votes (one per day is allowed) at www.rockhall.com. The top five artists selected by the public will comprise a “fans ballot,” which will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2019 inductees. Those visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland can also vote in person.
As in previous years, HBO will broadcast the ceremony in 2019 and SiriusXM will carry a radio simulcast. A limited number of pre-sale tickets for the 2019 Induction Ceremony will be made available for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame donors and members in advance of the public sale. To be eligible for the member pre-sale opportunity, you must be an active Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member by Dec. 31, 2018.