From MSN.com, Run-D.M.C. could “Walk This Way” into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The 1980s rap act, along with Metallica and the Stooges are among the nine nominees for next year’s hall of fame class, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced Monday.
The other nominees are guitarist Jeff Beck, singer Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, War, Bobby Womack, and disco and R&B group Chic, the only nominee back from last year’s ballot.
The five leading vote-getters will be announced in January and inducted April 4, 2009, in Cleveland.
The ceremony typically has been held in New York but is returning to Cleveland after more than a decade-long absence. Tickets will be made available to the public for the first time.
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five opened the door for rap at the Rock Hall as the first hip-hop act to be inducted in 2007. Now, Run-D.M.C., nominated in the first year of its eligibility, has the chance to follow on the strength of rock and rap blends such as the 1986 cover of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” and classics like “It’s Tricky” and “My Adidas.”
Metallica jumped on the heavy metal wave of the ’80s and 25 years later is still selling out arenas. This month the group released “Death Magnetic,” which marks a return to its early speed metal days.
The Stooges, recently given props in the film “Juno,” get another shot after last appearing on the ballot two years ago.
Left off the ballot were Stevie Ray Vaughan and Bon Jovi. Both had been eligible for the first time. To be nominated an act must have released its first single or album 25 years prior.
More than 500 musicians, industry professionals and journalists vote on the inductions.
HRH Comment: Once again, some nominees make sense, and others do not.
Why don’t they rename this place, the Rock, Pop, Rap, Soul, R&B Hall of Fame? Then their choices might make more sense.
Acts who are getting the shaft that have released albums 25 years ago, Alice Cooper, KISS, Motley Crue, Rush, Triumph, Yes, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and many more.
Metallica is nominated in their first year of eligibility (Kill em All was released in 1983). While it is cool that Metallica gets the nod, it is a major over sight by the Rock and Roll Hall of fame to not nominate any of the acts I listed above.
Putting Run D.M.C. or Chic in the Hall before any of the acts above is a complete and total joke, in my opinion.
What do you think of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for 2009?