Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam Headline Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominations
Music| | By Sara Wilkins
Artists are only considered for a nomination into the famed institution at least 25 years after they released their first commercially available single or album. Shakur, who died after being shot in 1996, has posthumously made the cut in his first year of eligibility, as he released his debut single “Brenda’s Got a Baby” in 1991. Pearl Jam, who released their debut single “Alive” in 1991, also received the honor, while other first time nominees include Jane’s Addiction, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, folk singer Joan Baez, Journey, Bad Brains and Steppenwolf. There are number of acts which have been nominated before, such as Janet Jackson, in her second consecutive year, Chaka Khan, Kraftwerk, J. Geils Band, Joe Tex, MC5, The Cars, The Zombies, Yes and Chic, who have received recognition a record-breaking eleven times. According to Rolling Stone, Hall of Fame bosses have also announced which members from each band will be inducted if they make the cut. For example, Pearl Jam has had a number of drummers but only current drummer Matt Cameron and founding member Dave Krusen will be inducted. Many bands, such as KISS, have squabbled over which line-up should receive the honor in the past. More than 800 artists, historians and members of the music industry will whittle the nominees down to five inductees via a ballot and the public can also help in this process by voting for their favorite online. The top five artists from the public vote will be counted along with the other ballots. The shortlist will be announced in December ahead of a ceremony at the Barclays Center in New York in April.