So this year’s contenders for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been released and it’s a crop that covers the number of genres.
There are the classic rock groups: Rush, Deep Purple and Procol Harum
Dance acts: Chic and Donna Summers
Rap/Hip-Hop: N.W.A. and Public Enemy
Blues: Albert King and Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Female-fronted bands: The Marvellettes, Heart and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (although both could fit into the classic rock category too)
Plus a singer/songwriter (Randy Newman), a New Orleans act (the Meters), and a German electronic act (Kraftwerk)
Who will make it in? It’s hard to say today. Will it be one from category A, one from category B, etc.?
Putting my preferences aside and looking at the combination of success, career longevity and legacy/influence, I’d say that final choices will be made between Rush vs. Deep Purple, N.W.A. vs. Public Enemy, Chic vs. Donna Summers, and Heart vs. Joan Jett, with Randy Newman, Kraftwerk and Albert King also being strong contenders.
Of course, I don’t get to vote and could be totally off the mark.
The induction ceremony will take place on April 18 at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.