On Monday, the Rock Hall announced that the fan vote results for the 2019 induction class had been completed and tallied. The acts that won the fan vote were Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Todd Rundgren, The Zombies, and The Cure.
The official 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announcement took place today at 8am EST, via the Rock Hall’s various social media accounts, and the official inductee list looks somewhat different. The 2019 inductees and recipients of this prestigious honor are:
- The Cure
- Def Leppard
- Janet Jackson
- Stevie Nicks
- Roxy Music
- The Zombies
Check out their Twitter announcement:
— Rock Hall (@rockhall) December 13, 2018
To be eligible for consideration, an individual artist or band must have released it’s first commercial recording at least 25 years before the year of nomination. Def Leppard, Roxy Music, and Stevie Nicks (solo) were all 1st time nominees, while Radiohead and The Cure enter the club on their 2nd go’ round. This was Janet’s 3rd nomination. Those who did not make the cut this year are: John Prine, Devo, LL Cool J, Kraftwerk, MC5, Todd Rundgren, Rufus & Chaka Khan, and Rage Against the Machine.
The fan vote effect
It should be noted that the fan vote has no real effect on the outcome. The fan vote counts for 1/1000 of the voting tally. The other 1,000+ votes come from the Hall’s voting membership. Factors such as “an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique” are taken into consideration. So no, it’s not a “popularity contest” at all.
Stevie Nicks: “I have a lot to say about this~ but I will save those words for later. For now I will just say, I have been in a band since 1968. To be recognized for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile. It’s a glorious feeling.”
Def Leppard: “It’s official, we are 2019
@rockhall Inductees. THANK YOU to all of our fans & the Rock Hall committee! What a way to wrap up an incredible year.”
The Zombies: The Zombies are
Rod- “This time to turn the corner and get inducted, feels fantastic … I’m just so delighted.”
Colin- “This is a career-defining [and] life-defining moment.”
Janet Jackson: “We did it u guys ! Thank U for all your love and support.
The 2019 Rock Hall induction ceremony will take place on March 29, 2019 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Ticket info will be announced in January.