After all, finally Dire Straits has been nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for 2018. This brilliant news came up today from official website of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of induction which means the 2018 nominees had to release their first official recording no later than 1992.
Nine of the Class of 2018 nominees are first-timers to the list. They are: Dire Straits, Nina Simone, the Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Kate Bush, Moody Blues, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
This year’s group includes 19 nominees from all different musical genres and they are:
- Bon Jovi
- Kate Bush
- The Cars
- Depeche Mode
- Dire Straits
- Geils Band
- Judas Priest
- LL Cool J
- The Meters
- Moody Blues
- Rage Against the Machine
- Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
- Nina Simone
- Sister Rosetta Tharpe
- Link Wray
- The Zombies
An international voting body of more than 900 artists, historians and members of the music industry will receive ballots and this year fans will once again have the opportunity to participate.
Beginning October 5 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on December 5, 2017, fans can visit rockhall.com/vote to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction.
The top five artists selected will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2018 inductees.
Fans will need to log in with a Facebook account or email to vote and voting is capped at one ballot per day. The list of 2018 inductees will be announced in December, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Inductions ceremony will be held in Cleveland on April 14. HBO will broadcast the ceremony with broadcast details to be announced later.
Rock & roll is not an instrument, rock & roll is not even a style of music. Rock & roll is a spirit. It’s been going since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, R&B, rock & roll, heavy metal, punk rock and, yes, hip-hop. And what connects us all is that spirit. Rock & roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and in life.
Ice Cube, during N.W.A.’s 2016 Rock Hall induction acceptance speech