So, the results are in and several rock acts that have been considered for a long time to have been snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will finally be inducted next year. Chicago’s Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Steve Miller and Chicago are leading the charge toward the class of 2016.
According to the rules of induction, acts become eligible 25-years after their first recording. The Hall Of Fame has also been criticized for snubbing iconic rock groups while inducting acts from other genres like pop, disco and rap.
UK rock gods Deep Purple, whose track “Smoke On Water” gave us one of the most recognizable guitar riffs of all time, has finally made the cut. While the band has been through several lineup changes through the years, Deep Purple Mark II is best known, which consists of Ian Gillian, Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, and late keyboard player Jon Lord.
In an about time moment, Power-pop legends Cheap Trick, who by the way, have been eligible for induction for over a decade, finally made the cut. Also, with the addition of rock-jazz hybrid Chicago, who to date has sold (38.5 million in albums sales in the U.S. according to the RIAA) plus, Steve Miller (24.5 million U.S. album sales), it finally looks like the Hall Of Fame has come to its senses.
Last of the big name inductions are rap group N.W.A. will be the final band to enter the class of 2016. The induction ceremony will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 8th 2016, and HBO will air the broadcast featuring footage from the ceremony at a later date.
Tickets for the event will go on sale in February next year.
Acts that were nominated for 2016 but didn’t make the cut included Yes, The Cars, Los Lobos, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths and non-rock artist nominations that included Chaka Khan (funk/disco), Chic (disco), Janet Jackson (pop/R&B), The J.B.’s (James Brown’s band), and the Spinners (R&B).