The Nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 are in, and once again there’s a whole lotta metal missing. Rage Against the Machine have returned once again in the nominee pool while Def Leppard are among the first-time nominees. Other nominees include Radiohead, Stevie Nicks, The Cure, Devo, Kraftwerk, Roxy Music, Todd Rundgren, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, The Zombies, Janet Jackson, John Prince, and MC5. You can vote now for your favorite artist. The top vote-getters will be announced in December and the induction ceremony will take place on March 29th, 2019 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott expressed his excitement:
“We’re honored and humbled to be nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame®. This is the highest peak a rock band can summit. For us to recognized by the prestigious panel and rock fans, who also have a vote, is sensational. Def Leppard being considered amongst such a worthy class of 2019 nominees gives us an indescribable feeling of pride…mutually shared between myself and my bandmates. We hope to see everyone at the ceremony!”
Artists who are eligible for this year’s ballot must have their first single or debut album released in 1993 or earlier. Once again and no surprise to us, major heavy metal and hard rock iconic acts including Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Slayer, Motorhead, Pantera, and many more have been snubbed.