Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails, Judas Priest Among Rock Hall 2020 Nominees

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announced its list of 16 nominees for its class of 2020. Cue the complaints of “____ isn’t rock!” as we peep the full list.

Here’s the list of nominees. The years marked parenthetically indicate when a band first became eligible for Rock Hall induction, 25 years after their commercial debut.

T. Rex (1993) – 1st nomination
MC5 (1994) – 5th nom
Kraftwerk (1995) – 6th nom
Todd Rundgren (1995)
Doobie Brothers (1996) – 1st nom
Thin Lizzy (1996) – 1st nom
Rufus and Chaka Khan (1998) – 4th nom
Judas Priest (1999) – 2nd nom
Motorhead (2002) – 1st nom
Pat Benatar (2004) – 1st nom
Depeche Mode (2006) – 3rd nom
Whitney Houston (2010) – 1st nom
Soundgarden (2013) – 1st nom
Nine Inch Nails (2014) – 3rd nom
The Notorious B.I.G. (2019) – 1st nom
Dave Matthews Band (2019) – 1st nom

Biggie and DMB are the only artists nominated in their first year of eligibility.

Obviously as ‘Kansas City’s Rock Alternative’ we’re biased towards the heavier acts listed. Priest, Motorhead, Soundgarden, and NIN. But the Rock Hall takes the widest possible definition of ‘rock’ so who knows which acts will end up making the cut by the January voting deadline.

Also, the Rock Hall will again induct one nominee based on fan voting. Cast your ballots here.

The inductees will be announced this January, with the 35th-anniversary ceremony taking place on May 2 at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland.

According to Pitchfork, some of the artists who became eligible this year and could have been nominated include Oasis, Weezer, Aaliyah, Daft Punk, Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, and Wilco. Korn’s debut album also turned 25 a few days prior to the Rock Hall’s announcement.

And just last week, the Rock Hall announced its top three artists as voted on by visitors to its Cleveland, Ohio museum: Motley Crue, blink-182, and Iron Maiden in that order. All of whom the music industry voters ignored with the 2020 nominations.

What do you think of this year’s list? How does it compare to other years? Which bands are still overlooked?

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