The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this morning unveiled 14 nominees for its Class of 2023, including a hybrid nomination for Joy Division and New Order, plus Kate Bush, Soundgarden, Rage Against the Machine, The White Stripes, Cyndi Lauper, Missy Elliot, Warren Zevon and more.
Also on the ballot, according to the nomination announcement on Sirius XM satellite radio: Sheryl Crow, A Tribe Called Quest, Iron Maiden, George Michael, Willie Nelson and The Spinners.
The final list of inductees is expected to be announced later this spring after the Rock Hall’s membership votes. Details for this year’s induction ceremony, likely sometime this fall, haven’t been announced.
The Rock Hall’s fan vote is now open on the organization’s website, and fans can select their favorites through April 28. Five finalists voted by the fans will make up a single ballot that will be included in the tally alongside the voting membership in deciding the final Class of 2023 inductees.
Artists are eligible for nomination into the Rock Hall beginning 25 years after their first release. Kate Bush previously was nominated in 2017, 2021 and 2022, and her latest bid to enter the Rock Hall follows last year’s burst of popularity following the use of “Running Up That Hill” in Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”
It’s the first nomination for Joy Division and New Order, the band Joy Davison became following the suicide of frontman Ian Curtis. The nominated members include Curtis, Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris, according to the Rock Hall website.
Explaining the joint nomination, the Rock Hall writes:
“Joy Division and New Order: two bands that share a single story. It is the remarkable tale of innovative musicians who created something revolutionary and massively influential, not once, but twice. They were gothic-rock pioneers who became electronic dance-floor innovators and a beacon for thousands of bands that followed.”
Last year, the Rock Hall inducted Duran Duran and Eurythmics, while The Go-Go’s and Kraftwerk were part of the Class of 2021. In 2020, Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails were admitted into the Rock Hall and, in 2019, The Cure was inducted alongside Roxy Music, Janet Jackson, Radiohead and more.
Here’s the full list of Class of 2023 nominees:
- Kate Bush
- Sheryl Crow
- Missy Elliot
- Iron Maiden
- Joy Division/New Order
- Cyndi Lauper
- George Michael
- Willie Nelson
- Rage Against the Machine
- The Spinners
- A Tribe Called Quest
- The White Stripes
- Warren Zevon
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Are you freaking kidding me? Still no INXS. How stupid and just wrong.
Kate Bush is overdue and maybe the revival of “Running Up That Hill” gets her past the post this year. Then again since she is mostly likely a no show for the ceremony maybe not.
I kind of doubt Joy Division/New Order get it on their first try but maybe eventually.
It’s all kind of silly anyway.
Isn’t part of the acceptance criteria that a band must reform with the nominated members to play on the night (ala Talking Heads)?
If so, New Order would have to welcome Peter Hook back into the fold, albeit only for the one performance at the Hall of Fame ceremony. Not sure I can see that happening with all the bad blood (so often publicly shed) between the two camps.
Although, that said, I did see a very recent interview with Hooky where he said his old bandmates had requested a meeting with him. He said he didn’t know what the catalyst for the meeting was or what would potentially be on the agenda, but did joke that maybe it would be to play together again.
There is no such acceptance criteria and there have been many bands that did not reunite for their induction.
The Sex Pistols, ABBA, Blondie (in the form that was inducted) CCR, The Band, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Guns N Roses, Van Halen, The Supremes, the list goes on.
So glad the socially influential and talented Lesley Gore is finally nom…oh, that’s right, neither this nor any other forthcoming year, it ever seems…