The nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2016 have been announced, and for the first time ever you can vote for the act you'd like to see inducted. Among the more predictable names such as Deep Purple, Yes, and Steve Miller, are a few surprising inclusions that are evidence of the Hall's keenness to embrace genres outside of classic rock and roll. Here are three nominees that stood out for us...
We wrote an article recently suggesting that hip-hop is enjoying a golden period, with critically acclaimed albums, feature films, and even Glastonbury headline slots belonging to the genre. N.W.A.'s Hall of Fame nomination is surely further evidence of hip-hop's rude health. They wouldn't be the first hip-hop group to be inducted (Run DMC and Public Enemy have both earned entry in recent years) but it's nonetheless a credit to the genre that hip-hop artists are commanding such respect from an organisation like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Funk and disco are very
chic trendy genres right now. DJs are spinning old disco records, producers are sampling them, and Nile Rodgers has seemingly gone from a forgotten genius to a household name. What better time, then, for Chic to finally earn induction into the Hall of Fame? They've been nominated a record 9 times before this year without being inducted. It certainly took a few years for the Hall to begin recognising funk and disco acts (Earth Wind & Fire, Parliament Funkadelic, and Sly and the Family Stone are a few who have made it), but there's no excuse for leaving Chic out any longer.
My first reaction to seeing that the Smiths had been nominated was, "Wait, they're not already in?!". Perhaps their relative obscurity in the US has counted against them, because you'd struggle to find a more influential and acclaimed band these days than Morrissey and co. It's been suggested that they have been shunned in previous years due to the Hall believing they wouldn't show up to the ceremony. But that didn't stop the Sex Pistols and Axl Rose - both of whom skipped the ceremony - from being inducted, and Guns 'n' Roses are arguably far less significant or important in terms of musical history than the Smiths.
Here's the full list of nominees:
Nine Inch Nails
You can find out more about each nominee, and cast your votes, over at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website here.