Thursday, May 23, 2024

Rock Hall Fan Vote So Far: Three of the Top Five Are Dead, Hip Hop Stars Rejected


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fan vote for 2023 is steaming to an end. The finale is April 28th.

So far, three of the top five vote getters are dead, more or less. They George Michael, the top candidate so far, at number 1. Warren Zevon is number 3, and Soundgarden — which is really Chris Cornell — is at number 5.

Number 2 so far is Cyndi Lauper, who must be inducted this year. Number 4 is Iron Maiden, which is ridiculous.

Hip hop has been rejected so far. Both Missy Elliott and A Tribe Called Quest are at the bottom of the list.

If the Hall wants to honor Seymour Stein, a founder, this year, they must induct The Spinners. They’re R&B royalty with tons of hits. Their classic sounds resonate today with “I’ll Be Around” and “Could it Be I’m Falling in Love” heard every day on satellite and terrestrial radio.

The number 6 vote getter is Willie Nelson, who’s turning 90 this year. You think of him as country music, but Willie could still rock most of these people under the table. I’d go with him. And he’ll come to the ceremony, memorably.

Most of the other nominees were bad ideas. It’s a little early for Sheryl Crow, who will get in one day soon. Ditto Jack White. Kate Bush is too much on the fringe. Rage Against the Machine, also too early, although Tom Morello will get something someday. Joy Division/New Order– I always liked them a lot, but not going to happen.

There are plenty of living people who are still not in the Rock Hall including Judy Collins, Cher, Dionne Warwick, and Chaka Khan. Also Chubby Checker. In memoriam, Mary Wells, a Motown superstar. The Monkees should have gone in already. Sting as a solo artist is a sore spot at this point. Paul Rodgers isn’t in despite having hits as Free and Bad Company. And Rufus and Carla Thomas, the linchpins of Stax Records.

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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