The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced 15 nominees for the 2016 induction class, with names including Janet Jackson, Nine Inch Nails and N.W.A.
This is not the first nomination for many of these performers, and it is up to the public to decide who is chosen for the induction ceremony next year. Disco group Chic has been up for induction a record 10 times, while N.W.A. has been nominated four times. Deep Purple and the Spinners have each been nominated three times, and even Nine Inch Nails has been considered twice.
Artists and acts are considered eligible for Hall of Fame entrance 25 years after their first recording is released.
In recent years, the Hall of Fame has pushed for a more diverse group of inductees, with 2016 being no exception. N.W.A. is a notable addition, as the iconic rap group has had one of their most prolific years to date with the release of blockbuster biopic Straight Outta Compton. Rock heavyweights Chicago, Cheap Trick and Yes are also big additions to the 2016 lineup.
The full list of candidates is as follows:
Nine Inch Nails
Voting for the 2016 induction class is open until December 9 on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website. The top five acts will be placed on a ballot given to the Rock Hall voting board, which is comprised of over 800 professionals who will, then, decide which acts will receive 2016’s coveted Hall spots.