2011 Rock Hall Nominees: Let the Debate Begin
The annual head scratching that follows the R
ock and Roll Hall of Fame's announcement of nominees has begun. As usual, their net has been cast far beyond rock, with the number of artists from other genres far outweighing the rockers.
First, the shortest list (actual rockers nominated): J Geils Band, Alice Cooper (both long overdue) and Bon Jovi (a decent choice, but there are many artists who have been eligible longer who would have been better choices.)
Artists with a toe just far enough across the line into rock to not be totally inappropriate: Donovan, Dr. John, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Joe Tex, Tom Waits.
And those whose nominations spark the usual wonder about why the organization contains the word rock: Beastie Boys, Chic, Neil Diamond, LL Cool J, Donna Summer, Chuck Willis.
Standard disclaimer: all of the artists are exceptionally talented, but only three are rock artists. [Scratch. Scratch. Shrug?]
From these 15, Rock Hall voters will select those who will be inducted into the HOF. Inductees will be announced in December, inducted in March.
Let the debate begin!