Pearl Jam, Journey, and Tupac Headline 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class
Pearl Jam’s acceptance, in the band’s first year of eligibility, was seen as a foregone conclusion this year, after the organization inducted fellow Seattle band Nirvana in 2014. As only the sixth hip hop artist to join the Hall of Fame, the addition of the slain rapper, who was murdered in 1996 at the age of 25, also adds to the hall’s representation of rap music. At this stage, it remains unclear as to who will accept the award on his behalf, after his mother, Afeni Shakur, died in May.
By admitting Journey, known for 1980s hits “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Open Arms,” as well as Electric Light Orchestra and Yes, the Hall of Fame has finally accepted some of music’s most enduring acts.
We thank all the Yes fans who have been so passionate over the decades & helped us to keep the flag flying. They have been heard.— yesofficial (@yesofficial) December 20, 2016
While revered folk musician Baez’s arrival marks another woman being accepted into the institution, she is the only woman among the inductees this year, and is only the third to be inducted over the last four ceremonies, after Joan Jett last year. Meanwhile, Nile Rodgers will receive the Award for Musical Excellence. Chic, the disco group he co-founded, was nominated for the 11th time in the performer category, but did not gain admittance. Other nominees considered for induction this year included: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Depeche Mode, Jane’s Addiction, Janet Jackson, Kraftwerk, Steppenwolf and The Zombies.
We are humbled to be included in such impressive company and grateful to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for this… https://t.co/RnsOgrrgVG— JOURNEY (@JourneyOfficial) December 20, 2016