Kate Bush, Nina Simone, Radiohead, and Rage Against the Machine have each been nominated for the first time to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Which, good for them! A bunch of other acts I’m sure people who listen to FM radio still care about (Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Dire Straits, and Moody Blues) were also on this year’s nominee list—but if Kate Bush, Nina Simone, or Radiohead are snubbed, then you should expect some very upset liberal arts college professors.
Not that Radiohead cares very much. Earlier this year, the band made their feelings about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame clear, when Ed O’Brien, the band’s third guitarist, said to Rolling Stone:
I don’t want to be rude about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because for a lot of people it means something, but culturally I don’t understand it. I think it might be a quintessential American thing. Brits are not very good at slapping ourselves on the back. It seems very show-biz and I’m not very show-biz. We haven’t even been asked. I don’t want to be rude. But if you ask me what I’d rather be doing that night, I’d rather be sitting at home in front of the fire or going to a gig. I realized years ago that I didn’t like award ceremonies. You walk in there and you feel self-conscious. It’s just really uncomfortable. Wherever there is media there seem to be a real level of bullshit. It just feels non-authentic to us.
Other members were more gracious, but certainly, O’Brien has a point.
Still, for those who respect the music industry giving its favorite artists a good ol’ slap on the back, here is the complete list of 2018 nominees:
J. Geils Band
LL Cool J
Rage Against the Machine
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Sister Rosetta Tharpe