Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Nina Simone and The Meters Amongst 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees
The class of 2018 is beginning to take form
It's that time of the year again, folks; when a committee gathers to crown their picks for the upcoming class of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
The 2018 nominations have arrived with the predictable mixed bag of egregious oversights and cognitive blanks. Yes, it's an ongoing symptom of the annual ceremony, and no, it doesn't appear that we'll see the end of its hapless nominating ritual in our lifetimes (or worse, when people finally realize just how unremarkable this "honor" is.) But we'll save the commentary for when the final tallies are in.
This year's class of prospective honorees includes:
J. Geils Band
LL Cool J
Rage Against the Machine
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Nine of the those names are seeing their very first nomination, which is reasonable in the cases of Rage Against The Machine and Radiohead, but the fact that it took this long to nominate Tharpe, the spiritual and generational matriarch of rock & roll (two decades before it even had a name) is perhaps the most glaring lapse in a genre's awareness this writer has ever seen. In any case, the poles are open now. And while, voters will only be able to contribute to a "fan's ballot," that could go a long way. That is, if you care or retain any lasting reverence for this process after years of getting it so wrong. Hit the link below to cast your vote ahead of the December 5th cut-off.