Another induction has taken place into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and many great bands/artists have yet again been overlooked. The fans want to know why and they are just not going to take it anymore.
We have been hearing a lot of backlash about the choices for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and it is our understanding that there have even been Petitions circulating on the Internet. It seems there are several outraged fans out there that are deeply disappointed year after year as their favorite bands are not even nominated.
That got me to thinking about how one gets into the R&RHOF so I decided to look into it. After conducting some research I have come up with a few answers.
Who decides who makes it and who doesn’t? What is the procedure? What level of success does a band or their songs have to reach before they are even considered? It seems that there is an actual committee that is comprised of what they describe as “rock and roll experts. Some of these experts are music executives, music journalists, historians and even a couple of musicians. This committee is given a packet a few weeks ahead of actual voting and that packet includes names of rock and rollers eligible for nomination, artists that have been nominated in the past but have not been inducted which I am assuming still allows them to be eligible.
Each member of the committee is allowed to suggest three potential nominees. There are also sub-committees that are expert in hip-hop, heavy metal and progressive rock. This group meets a few weeks before the large meeting to suggest nominees in these categories. They say the only official requirement is that the artist/band must have released their first album/CD over 25 years ago.
They also look at the influence the artist and music has had on rock and roll and the longevity of the artist’s career and the overall importance of it all.
I know I have some personal favorites that have not yet been inducted. I do wonder just how important this may even be to them? There may very well be some artists/bands that don’t care although human nature normally dictates otherwise. Have you ever noticed that when you see people sitting at the televised award shows they are sitting on the edge of their seats awaiting the moment when those words are spoken “and the winner is?” The people that don’t win are quoted as saying “it was an honor just to be nominated.” I am not so sure that is how I would feel. Being nominated is good, winning is better. I think we all like to be acknowledged for our work and our abilities and or contributions in the field for which we are involved. It just feels good.
I am not sure what it takes to get into the Hall of Fame but this writer must agree with the fans that there are several bands that deserve this honor and have yet to be even nominated. We have seen grass root movements get the job done before and with enough signatures and enough buzz they may just make it happen for a band that deserves to “Hitch a Ride” right into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.