This year’s inductees include Janet Jackson, The Cure, Radiohead, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music and the Zombies who will celebrate with heartfelt speeches and wild performances in true rock’n’roll fashion.
Three of the inductees were on the ballot for the first time: Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks and Roxy Music. Janet Jackson, The Cure and Radiohead were nominated once before. Other nominees, who did not make the cut, include Rage Against the Machine, Devo, Todd Rundgren, John Prine, Kraftwerk, MC5, Rufus & Chaka Khan, and LL Cool J.
The annual list of nominees and inductees includes artists who released their first commercial recording at least 25 years ago. The 2019 inductees were selected by an international electorate of more than 1,000 artists, including current living inductees, historians and members of the music industry. Factors such as 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 were part of the selection criteria.
Since 1986, the Hall has added 323 inductees; they include 220 performers, 33 “early influencers” — a category largely composed of rock’n’ roll’s African-American founding mothers and fathers, such as Lead Belly, Robert Johnson and Sister Rosetta Tharpe — and 34 non-performers like music executives, songwriters, producers and instrument makers.
In addition to the annual induction ceremony, the RRHoF will be unveiling the 2019 Inductee exhibit at its Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. As in previous years, the ceremony will premiere on HBO in conjunction with a radio broadcast on SiriusXM.
For those who want to experience this legendary moment live, tickets are now on sale.