Monday, May 20, 2024

Rock Hall Nominates 16 for Induction Including Whitney Houston, Notorious BIG, Pat Benatar, Doobie Brothers


Nominees for induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include:

  • Pat Benatar,
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Depeche Mode
  • The Doobie Brothers
  • Whitney Houston
  • Judas Priest
  • Kraftwerk
  • MC5
  • Motörhead
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Soundgarden
  • T. Rex
  • Thin Lizzy

So who will make it? My guess is Biggie Smalls, because he seems hip and the RRHOF wants to keep that going. Next would be Dave Matthews because new president John Sykes already mentioned them when he was named to succeed Jann Wenner. The Doobie Brothers are long overdue, and it’s embarrassing that they’re not included already. And then it’s a toss up, although I could see Whitney Houston as number 5.

In the public voting there may be a groundswell for Depeche Mode. Motorhead, with an umlaut? I don’t think so. And Judas Priest? Please. One way to go might be Nine Inch Nails, since Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have composed so many hit soundtracks besides their own record releases. Pat Benatar may turn out to be a surprise inductee because she’s a rocker and a woman, and she can be championed. She’d be a wise decision.

Does it matter? Not so much. There are still a slew of people not inducted, as well as those who are in for different reasons other than a solo career including Carole King and Sting. Still ignored: Billy Preston, Mary Wells, Carly Simon, Rufus and Carla Thomas, J Geils Band, Chubby Checker, and so on.

The next induction ceremony will be a month later than usual, in May, on the 2nd, in Cleveland, where no one wants to go. The heyday of the Waldorf Astoria, and jams with actual rock legends is over.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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