British artists among 2019 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductees
Radiohead, Def Leppard, The Cure, Roxy Music and The Zombies join Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks in this year’s selection
Every year rock fans wait to see who will gain entry into the prolific Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, and this year British artists have dominated the selection process with Radiohead, Def Leppard, The Cure, Roxy Music and The Zombies being inducted for 2019. However, it’s not an honour everyone welcomes. Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and Ed O’Brien haven’t been shy about their views of the award, previously calling it “a quintessential American thing,” while Def Leppard feels the Hall Of Fame doesn’t reflect popular music. “What elitists think is an impact is very different to what the regular man on the street counts as impact,” said Def Leppard’s frontman, Joe Elliott.
An artist can be considered for the award 25 years after the release of their first record. This is combined with a vote by a panel of over 1000 music industry professionals and a fan ballot. Stevie Nicks and Janet Jackson also made this year’s cut, and the cultural divide over the honour is clear from the American artist’s reactions. “I am truly honoured and I am happy to be in there with my brothers,” Jackson said. The Jackson 5 were inducted 21 years ago, with Michael being inducted for a second time in 2001 for his solo work.
“To be recognised for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile,” stated Stevie Nicks. “It’s a glorious feeling.” Nicks is already in the Hall Of Fame as part of Fleetwood Mac, and she is the first women to gain entry twice.
Artists who weren’t successful this time around were Kraftwerk, Rage Against The Machine, LL Cool J, Devo, MC5, Rufus and Chaka Khan, John Prine and Todd Rundgren.