Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has shared the rejection letter his band received after being overlooked for next year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Earlier this week (December 13), it was announced that the five acts to be inducted in 2018 are Bon Jovi, Nina Simone, The Cars, The Moody Blues and Dire Straits. Sister Rosetta Tharpe will also be honored at next April’s ceremony, inducted into the Hall’s Early Influences wing
Judas Priest were overlooked alongside the likes of Radiohead, Kate Bush, Rage Against The Machine, Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, MC5 and LL Cool J.
In October, Halford expressed his feelings in the video below about being nominated. "Everybody has an emotional opinion about he Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It's probably the same about baseball, basketball and ice hockey about who be in and who shouldn't be in."
He added, "It's an honor to be nominated. If we actually do get in, you're in place that's full of giants in music."
Responding to the snub, Halford told Phoenix radio station 100.7 KSLX that he would have “loved” to have been picked and thought his band “deserve it.”
“We’ve put our 10,000 hours in and more,” he said. “Beyond that, we just feel that heavy metal music deserves more space on shelves at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
We were thrilled and honoured to be even nominated,” Halford added, “so it’s kind of bittersweet. We got the nomination, which is something of a recognition for the work that you’ve done, but we didn’t quite get in this time, but I’m hopeful that eventually we’ll get some more metal.”
Here is the rejection letter:
Thank you for embracing your nomination for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While you didn’t garner enough votes for induction this year, you were part of a very select group of Hall of Fame nominees. Artists are frequently on the ballot multiple times before they are inducted. For example, Black Sabbath were nominated eight times before their induction, Patti Smith seven times, Solomon Burke nine times, and both the Beastie Boys and The Yardbirds were on the ballot three times before their respective inductions.
If you are touring or simply traveling nearby, please visit our museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Our six floors of exhibitions tell the remarkable history of rock and roll and how it changed the world. You’re part of that story and we’d love to share it with you. Again, congratulations on your nomination.
Greg Harris, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The 33rd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on April 14, 2018, at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio.