The six inductees were chosen from a group of 19 nominees.
Bon Jovi serve as the heaviest of the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Class, starting their career with their self-titled 1984 effort, and finding their breakthrough with 1986's Slippery When Wet. Heading up the lineup this year is Bon Jovi, which comes as no surprise considering that they took home the fan vote, and the victor of that poll has gotten in every single year since it was first instated.
The public was invited to participate again this year in the fan vote, which drummed up record numbers with more than 6.8 million votes cast.
Many, but not all, of the still active inductees perform at the induction ceremony.
The news about other 2018 inductees was received with nearly universal acclaim, especially Bon Jovi, who fans have always been pushing to have included. Bon Jovi was the clear fan favorite, with a field-leading 1,162,146 votes. She's been dead since 1973, and the renaissance of the big-band singer and musical innovator has been going on for the entirety of this century, since a clip of her performing was included in the breakout art-house hit movie Amelie in 2001.More news: Service Changes for Commuters in Effect Following Reported Explosion in NYC
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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. Often oblivious to modern sounds, diverse genres, and the inclusion of women artists, the Hall of Fame tends to favor white guy boomer rock bands. And among those who weren't even nominated, how are Los Lobos, Warren Zevon, and the Replacements not already in?
But like the Grammys, everybody knows the Rock Hall isn't an equitable barometer of excellence.
The Moody Blues fit into that category.
Rock Hall rules state that artists become eligible 25 years after their first records were released, but the Hall also claims that other "criteria include the influence and significance of the artists" contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock "n' roll", which is, of course, open to interpretation.
The Moody Blues lineup to be inducted are Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas.
And what might just be the second most important and influential rock act to hit in during that same time span?