Honors — September 27, 2011 at 7:02 am

The Cure nominated for induction into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 2012 ballot

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this morning announced the nominees for its Class of 2012, a list that includes goth-pop legends The Cure as well as fellow first-time nominees Guns N’ Roses, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Eric B. and Rakim, plus past nominees Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and more.

The 15 finalists — a list that also includes War, Donovan, Donna Summer, Laura Nyro, The Spinners and a combination of The Faces and The Small Faces (see full list below) — will be voted on by more than 500 members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, who will chose five inductees for the April 14 ceremony in Cleveland, home of the Rock Hall.

To be eligible for the ballot, artists must have released their first album or single 25 years ago, which, in this case, refers to work issued in 1986 or earlier — meaning The Cure has been eligible for nomination since at least 2004. Other eligible, but not nominated, acts include The Smiths, New Order, The Replacements, Depeche Mode and Sonic Youth.

Do you think the Cure should or will get in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Who else deserves nomination but has been snubbed so far? Discuss in the comments below.


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 nominees:

Beastie Boys
The Cure
Donovanric B. & Rakim
Guns ‘N Roses
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
Freddie King
Laura Nyro
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rufus with Chaka Khan
The Small Faces/The Faces
The Spinners
Donna Summer




  1. That Rock n Roll Hall of Fame is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of in my life (yes, I’ve been there, and it’s “okay” nothing to rave about though) but yeah, let in The Cure. They are legends and deserve it. (and maybe it will mean a Kiss Me/Disintegration/Wish – era reunion for their acceptance speech…)

    Plus, I’ll actually like a band or artist being inducted (that hasn’t happened since Patti Smith and R.E.M. were inducted :-)

    • Agreed The Cure.. He has written so many amazing songs, and I am not speaking of his most recent’s… Boys Don’t Cry, Caterpillar, Head on a Dream……….. I could go on!!!

  2. Well it’s about frickin’ time!!

  3. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame is Jann Wenner’s personal plaything and no one gets in without kissing his @ss. There may be some fine artists represented there, but as an institution, it has no real weight or credibility. Its very existence proves RnR is all but dead.

  4. Been there twice now. There’s no surprise that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is very American centric. I think Heart might get in and maybe even Joan Jett. Would love to see The Cure in there but doubtful. (Because of the eccentricity)

  5. I’m very happy The Cure were nominated. Yay! You forgot to add Duran Duran to the list of eligible but not nominated!

  6. While the Cure are deserving of this nomination, one omission from nomination for far too long now is Kraftwerk. Think of all the bands they influenced!

  7. I agree with Ellen… Duran Duran should really be in there…and Depeche Mode!

    And it is about time for The Cure!

  8. How great would it be if The Cure and Guns n Roses both got in at the same time? Robert Smith seated next to Slash maybe?

  9. Does The Cure deserve it: yes. Do I want them in the RnRHoF? Not particularly. Part of loving The Cure is being unphased by mainstream acceptance. I agree with the Kraftwerk nomination omission. I would add Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.

  10. i think it is great that The Cure is nominated but the Smiths, New Order Depeche Mode Should also be there they have influenced so many other artists. It is funny that Joan Jet is nominated what has she done one song (I love Rock and Roll) artists that have not been nominated have career spaning catalogs of great music

  11. The Jam should be in without question but they never will. Should have built in London not Cleveland.

  12. Is there a more irrelevant plaudit and institution? Much like the magazine, it’s viability in this day & age is minimal. Rolling Stone never pandered to the undergound then and I don’t see it happening now.

    Good on The Cure for being nominated, but unless they plan to enact a “Left Of The Dial” wing, this nomination is token at best. Now let’s start with Kraftwerk, and work our way down…

    Last note, for a good read, make sure you read The Big Takeover. Along with the UK’s Vive Le Rock (a new quarterly starting this year) these are the only mags still devoted to the “underground scene”, past & present and harken back to the days of Trouser Press, Sounds, Melody Maker, classic NME, etc.

  13. Love the cure, but my guess as to who gets in this year: G n R, Heart, Joan Jett, Faces, and War. Those cover a broad R nR spectrum without reaching. Yes, I’m saying “reaching” because the Hall is still a popularity contest. I’m surprised and elated that The ‘Mats were nominated!!! But I’m pretty sure I’ll be old and feeble before they’re in. The cure will certainly get in before the mats.

  14. I love the band, but I hope they don’t get in.

  15. It’s a nice honor for The Cure, but I don’t see it happening and I am kinda glad for that. They are beyond these “honors”. The Cure just never fully fit in with the mainstream, and I am happy for that.

  16. I’m glad the Cure are nominated but i am also doubtful that they will get in, their image gets in the way too much in the eyes of these voters. Also, i’m tired of hearing about how Duran Duran should get in, imo they were a meaningless pop band created by MTV, get over it.

  17. Here are the top 25 vote-getters (year 2011) on the “Deserving of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame” list at:

    The 2012 nominees for the R&R HoF are (# indicates where they were on my list at the time of their nomination): Red Hot Chili Peppers (#19), Guns n’ Roses (#25), Joan Jett (#60), The Beastie Boys (#168), Heart (#12), Freddie King (#181), Laura Nyro (#191), Rufus with Chaka Khan (#421), Donna Summer (#212), The Faces/Small Faces (#232), The Spinners (#82), Donovan (#30), The Cure (#43), Eric B. & Rakim (#949), War (#64)

    1) Rush

    2) Chicago

    3) Yes

    4) Deep Purple

    5) Doobie Brothers

    6) Moody Blues

    7) Dire Straits

    8) The Cars

    9) Electric Light Orchestra

    10) Jethro Tull

    11) Pete Townshend (solo)

    12) Heart

    13) Journey

    14) Steve Miller

    15) Carole King

    16) Styx

    17) Kiss

    18) Peter Gabriel (solo)

    19) Red Hot Chili Peppers

    20) Squeeze

    21) Stevie Ray Vaughan

    22) Jim Croce

    23) The Guess Who

    24) Foreigner

    25) Guns N’ Roses

  18. Sonic Youth, Rush, Stevie Ray Vaughan should definitely be in there. Especially if cheese ball bands like Guns n Roses are getting in…

  19. Aren’t they pushing it a bit with some of these bands? Some aren’t exactly Rock and Roll; The Cure seems more unconventionally Glam Rock than Rock and Roll. I guess this Hall of Fame encompasses all. LOL

  20. Definitely Depeche. Unbelievable career/catalogue and concerts. Pioneering and innovative.

  21. I feel the Cure are worthy of Hall of Fameness! The influence they have provided to music runs deep. The bands spawned by the whole so-called Goth movement are unquestioned attributed to the Cure. I know Robert Smith doesn’t like the classification but regards ,his band did plenty to define it. Made it cool to be dark! And yes, even over Bauhaus and i loved them! You can listen to a lot of today’s bands who pay homage to them now! Also, don’t sleep on the influences of Depeche Mode (about half of today’s alternative bands sound like them), New Order and Duran Duran.
    To those who don’t agree, please check out there work. The cross over hits from DD are just as influential as someone like Madonna.

  22. The Smiths, Joy Division/New Order, Buzzcocks

  23. Are you serious? The Hall of Fame has nominated The Cure, and not the founding the founding fathers of the movement in which they came from?

    Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, Joy Division, Kate Bush?

    They should be ashamed.

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