The nominees for the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction have just been announced, and Deep Purple, Yes, Steve Miller, The Cars, Cheap Trick and Chicago are among the 15 contenders.
Deep Purple have been eligible for more than 15 years already, having long been mentioned by the hard rock community as a glaring snub in years past.
Other nominees include the Smiths, N.W.A., Janet Jackson, Chicago, Chaka Khan, Chic, Los Lobos, The J.B.’s and the Spinners.
Acts become eligible for nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first record, but can continue to be on the ballot each year if they fail to get inducted in prior years.
As it has done the past few years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is offering fans the chance to vote for their favorite nominees. A fan vote counts for just 1 of more than 800 ballots cast by “artists, historians and members of the music industry.”
The 2016 inductees are expected to be announced in December, so stay tuned to see which acts will make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Usually, five or six of the nominees get in each year.