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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