Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Nina Simone will be this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, the museum announced Wednesday morning.
This year’s slate features only acts that have been passed over for years. Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine, whose debuts both arrived 25 years ago making them eligible for the first time, were both nominated, but did not make the cut. Bay Shore native LL Cool J, who received a Kennedy Center Honor earlier this month, was also nominated, but not selected. The “Livin’ on a Prayer” rockers — eligible since 2008, but only a nominee once before in 2011 — was clearly the fan favorite, dominating an online poll held by the Rock Hall. Though the poll results count as only one vote among the 900 inductees, historians and music industry insiders, in recent years the winner of the poll has always been inducted.
The third time was the charm for The Cars, who had also been nominees in the past two years. The “You Might Think” rockers will be inducted on April 14 in Cleveland, where the band’s founders, Ric Ocasek and the late Benjamin Orr, who was born and raised in a Cleveland suburb, first met before relocating to Boston.
The other inductees were all selected their first time on the ballot, though “Money For Nothing” rockers Dire Straits have been eligible since 2003, “Nights in White Satin” band The Moody Blues have been eligible since 1989 and “Feeling Good” singer Nina Simone has been eligible since 1986, when the first artists were inducted into the Rock Hall. Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be inducted as an early influence.
The ceremony rotates between New York, Los Angeles and Cleveland. It will be broadcast on SiriusXM. An edited version of the ceremony will air on HBO at a later date.