Well, the results are in and Def Leppard have won the fan vote ahead of this week’s big announcement that will confirm the final lineup of inductees that have made it into the 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Leppard won the vote with a total of 547,000 votes, ahead of second-place Stevie Nicks with 427k and Todd Rudngren in third with 365k, while The Zombies (329k) and fellow UK rockers, The Cure (264k) finished off the top five.
The way the voting system works is that the Rock Hall allows each of the top 5 artists to receive an additional vote – as part of the fans’ ballot – counted in the overall vote for 2019, which also includes artists like Devo, Janet Jackson, Radiohead, Rage Agauinst The Machine and Roxy Music, among others.
As well as the fan vote, each nominee, either individual artist or band, had to have released its first single or album a minimum of 25 years prior to their year of nomination to the hall of fame.
FYI, ballots were sent to an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry. To get in, factors like an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are the main sources that are taken into consideration when nominated.