Class of 2018 Inductees | Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Camille Rivera
December 16, 2017

Bon Jovi have responded to the news that they are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.

Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, The Cars, Dire Straits and Nina Simone will be enshrined in the Rock Hall in the performer category, while Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be recognised with an award for Early Influence.

The other inductees were all inducted the first time on the ballot, though "Money For Nothing" rockers Dire Straits have been eligible since 2003, "Nights in White Satin" The Moody Blues have been eligible since 1989 and "Feeling Good" singer Nina Simone has been eligible since 1986.

The likes of Radiohead, Kate Bush, Rage Against The Machine, Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, MC5, LL Cool J and Judas Priest were overlooked by the Hall of Fame this year.

Then again, the very definition of rock and roll has been debated following the controversies over some of the artists inducted. The band says they're open to welcoming back ex-guitarist Richie Sambora, who left in 2013, for the induction, and it appears he's also down.

The 33rd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on April 14, 2018 at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio. And The Cars, whose original members briefly reunited in 2010 after a long hiatus, could also regroup, minus bassist Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000.

Radiohead has made its total indifference to most awards and external honors known over the years, so Wednesday was no different when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their inductees and they weren't included.

Musical artists become eligible for induction when 25 years have elapsed since their first release. So is Jon Bon Jovi.

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