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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame passes on Dave Matthews Band and Beck

October 9, 2018

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame passes on Dave Matthews Band and Beck

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Not since 2015 has the Rock Hall’s list of nominees lacked a newly eligible act. But that’s the case with the nominees for the Class of 2019, announced Tuesday morning.

This year’s ballot features 15 artists: Def Leppard, Devo, Janet Jackson, John Prine, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks, The Cure, Todd Rundgren, Rufus & Chaka Khan and The Zombies.

That’s an impressive list of nominees, several of which are longtime snubs earning their first nod from the Nominating Committee. Yet, that won’t stop some fan bases from focusing on who didn’t get in.

This year’s list of acts newly eligible for the Rock Hall (meaning their first release came out 25 years ago) included Beck, Dave Matthews Band, Blink-182, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Jeff Buckley, Outkast, Sheryl Crow and Snoop Dogg (For a full list, head over to Future Rock Legends).

Depending on your own tastes, those are all borderline candidates. Still, the names that stand out most are, perhaps, Dave Matthews Band, Beck and Outkast.

DMB’s popularity had to at least play some sort of factor with the Nominating Committee. Meanwhile, Beck’s resume is as impressive as any newly eligible solo artist from the past few years.

The failure of Outkast (and Snoop Dogg) to earn a nomination shows us how deep the Nominating Committee is willing to go into hip hop as a genre, at least for now.

LL Cool J continues to be the rap placeholder. Though, it will be interesting to see how the Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z fare when they become eligible in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Speaking of next year, we may see a repeat of no newly eligible acts being nominated. The Notorious B.I.G. is joined by Daft Punk, Oasis, Portishead and Elliott Smith as big name newbies.

If we were to handicap those acts, we’d give Biggie and, maybe, Daft Punk a slightly outside chance. Neither’s nomination would be good news for LL Cool J or Kraftwerk.

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