Honors — October 15, 2019 at 6:50 am

Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, MC5, NIN among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this morning unveiled 16 nominees for its Class of 2020, a field that includes Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Pat Benetar, Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G., Judas Priest, Motörhead, the MC5 and more.

Also on the ballot for next year’s induction into the Rock Hall: The Doobie Brothers, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy, Todd Rundgren and the Dave Matthews Band.

The final list of inductees is expected to be announced in January after the Rock Hall’s membership votes. The induction will be held in Cleveland on May 2. Rock Hall donors and members get “exclusive induction ticket opportunities” if they donate or join by Jan. 31. Visit rockhall.com/support to learn more.

Fans can also cast their votes for their favorites on Google, though that only adds a single vote to each of the top five artists in the fan vote, tallied through Jan. 10.

Artists are eligible for nomination into the Rock Hall beginning 25 years after their first release. This is Depeche Mode’s third nomination since becoming eligible in 2006; the band previously was nominated for the 2017 and 2018 classes. If selected, former members Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder would join the current lineup of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher in being inducted.

This is also the third nomination for Nine Inch Nails, eligible since 2014; the fifth time around for the MC5, eligible since 1991; and the sixth nod for Kraftwerk, eligible since 1995.

There are nine first-time nominees this year, including Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Motörhead, The Notorious B.I.G., Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, T. Rex and Thin Lizzy.

This year, the Rock Hall inducted The Cure alongside Roxy Music, Janet Jackson, Radiohead and more.

Here’s the full list of Class of 2020 nominees:

  • Pat Benatar
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Depeche Mode
  • The Doobie Brothers
  • Whitney Houston
  • Judas Priest
  • Kraftwerk
  • MC5
  • Motörhead
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Soundgarden
  • T. Rex
  • Thin Lizzy





  1. Judas Priest, Motorhead, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode and that’s it. I suppose Whitney or Rundgren, but don’t really think either of them are Hall of Fame status.

  2. Next to the SEX-PISTOLS rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. Your museum. Urine in wine. Were not coming. Were not your monkey and so what? Fame at $25,000 if we paid for a table, or $15000 to squeak up in the gallery, goes to a non-profit organisation selling us a load of old famous. Congradulations. If you voted for us, hope you noted your reasons. Your anonymous as judges, but your still music industry people. Were not coming. Your not paying attention. Outside the shit-stem is a real SEX PISTOL

  3. Patrick Dunne

    Look Depeche Mode should have got this long ago being the best and top Band in history.

  4. I think it should be:
    Depeche Mode
    Thin Lizzy
    T Rex
    Judas Priest

    But I have a feeling they will squeeze Nine Inch Nails in there at the expense of one of those 5, I hope it’s not the Mode.

  5. Has Duran Duran or INXS been nominated yet?

  6. Thin Lizzy, Pat Benatar, Doobie Brothers, Judas Priest, and T-Rex.

    * Artists that started in the 80’s and beyond should have to wait. Too many deserving artists from the 70’s still not in.

  7. Trent Reznor is a musical & lyrical genius, it is long overdue for Nine Inch Nails, to be in the hall of fame, and how Depeche Mode is not already in there is mind boggling to say the least.

  8. Jann Wenner is the reason electronic and ’80s artists in general have been kept out of the Rock Hall. Once he steps down on January 1, you might finally see artists like Duran and INXS get nominated. Sooner or later they’re going to run out of ’60s and ’70s bands.

    Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Joy Division AND New Order, The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails, The B-52’s, Kate Bush, Brian Eno, Pixies, Smashing Pumpkins (even though I loathe Corrigan), Devo, and a slew of ’80s metal bands, chief being Motley Crue.

  9. Another snub for Joy Division/New Order hoping Kraftwerk finally get the respect due to them.

  10. Any ideas who would induct Depeche if their inducted?
    I’m actually fairly stumped, they don’t seem to have an awful lot of big name admirers.

  11. Look Depeche Mode should have got this Long ago No other Band Near them.

  12. Actually yes it will probably end up being that Killers guy…I can’t believe I didn’t think of him myself.
    I just hope it won’t be Manson…

  13. EDIT: I take that back about Lana del Rey. It was Lacuna Coil.

  14. Scott Stalcup

    Oh yippie.
    Dave Matthews Bland nominated for induction in the (C)Rock Hall.
    Hope they don’t do a set. That damned ceremony is too long as is without his “singing like Adam Sandler walking barefoot on asphalt” over lameassed jam band noodling.

  15. “Dave Matthews” and “rock and roll” in the same sentence … that’s got to be a first.

  16. Jennifer Worden

    Depeche Mode should have been inducted years ago. Their entire body of work is genius and timelesly influential.

  17. Actually Linkin Park was influenced by Depeche Mode. D.M. should have been in looong ago. Also Chester Bennington or Linkin Park. Chris Cornell. Of Coarse Whitney Houston. STP

  18. Hi all – tough. Always thought Brandon would suit inducting Joy Division/New Order as a joint induction. Surely the electro acts will cancel each other out? I’d like to see Kraftwerk, Mode, Rex and Khan. Then either Benatar/Houston or Doobies/MC5. Soundgarden or NIN the outside chance. Why not someone like Steve Morris, Jim Kerr or even Adrian Belew to induct Der Robots?

  19. Spencer Welch II

    If I had to choose 5 – I would choose
    Kraftwerk – Inducted by Trent Reznor
    MC5 – Inducted by Iggy Pop
    T.Rex – Inducted by Brian Moloko
    Whitney Houston – Inducted by Fantasia Barrino
    Judas Priest – Inducted by Bruce Dickinson

  20. After this I’m done lol no more complaining about how vapid that place is. Ill just have my yearly read of the John Lydon letter when the Inductees are announced. Historical context should mean much more than sales and popularity. Kraftwerk should have been inducted immediately. DM, nor NIN would be the same without the pioneers. It should never have taken multiple tries to get The Cure in there when redundant bands like bon jovi or def leppard are carried in on floats with streamers. POS place.

    • Scott Stalcup

      Now, hang on a second here. Def Leppard were a NWOBHM band that picked up the torch for ’70s glam rock. I lay the blame for being into SLADE and The Sweet squarely at the feet of Joe Elliott. Wouldn’t put them in the same category as a band fronted by the guy who sang “R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”

    • Totally agree, Kraftwerk paved the way for dozens of acts, not the least of which DM and NIN. They were also one of the most heavily sampled bands for rap music back in the 90’s.

      I like Motorhead because Lemmy, and enjoyed Todd’s early output – but I’d say he did more as a producer when it comes to impact. I’ve always considered not being in the RARHOF a badge of honor, so I couldn’t care less overall. If i had tix to the RARHOF or a carwash, I’d do the carwash.

  21. Carlos Medina

    My vote is for Depeche Mode they are a Great Band. Genius Musicians. Incredible Songs. Gore is a Badass Guitarist. Graham a Great Singer. One of a kind Voice. Rockin since 81. Nuff Said Thanx.

  22. FYI:Def Leopard covered D-Modes Personal Jesus on their last album. Video has been on U tube since, check it out. So obviously they are Mode fans, wouldn’t it be cool for them to induct/perform the song. Although I think it would be even better if it was more than one band separate or combined performing a couple of their songs! Also they are close with U2 if you weren’t aware, wouldn’t that be amazing for them ultimately to do their induction!

  23. thomas solimine

    Who cares.

  24. Anybody that knows anything about synthetic and cute pewter eyes me music mainstream of transonic music from the mid to early 1970s to really taking a strong presence in the 1980s Depeche Mode was formed in 1978 and they’ve never look back and they’ve got at least 10 songs that have gone Triple Two multiple Platinum has Wells if you got multiple platinum albums as well none of these other bands including Nine Inch Nails who have Cleveland roots in bands like Soundgarden and so forth even remotely come close to the amount of talent that the four five original members of Depeche Mode exemplify

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