Published: Fri, December 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Janet Jackson (Finally) Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Janet Jackson (Finally) Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

The Hall of Fame announced its class of 2019 inductees in a tweet on Wednesday.

Notable nominees who were snubbed this year include Rage Against the Machine, MC5, German electronic outfit Kraftwerk, rapper LL Cool J, new wave act Devo, and musician and producer Todd Rundgren. History will also be made at the upcoming ceremony with Stevie Nicks' induction.

The Cleveland-based Hall of Fame - which surveyed more than 1,000 musicians, historians and industry members to choose the winners - will honor the seven acts in a gala concert on March 29 in NY.

The Hall also accepts voting from fans - the top five vote-getters from the general public are submitted as one of those 1,000-plus ballots.

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Next year's ceremony will take place Friday, March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The British heavy metal band with a pop sheen were huge sellers in the 1980s on the back of songs like "Photograph" and 'Pour Some Sugar on Me'.

"The Zombies" have appeared on three previous ballots, and as keyboardist Rod Argent told Rolling Stone it was a relief to be awarded the prestige after so many years. "I'm just so delighted". There's some question about whether the British band will shrug its collective shoulder at its induction.

The artists will be officially inducted next year alongside Roxy Music and The Zombies as the official class of 2019. THANK YOU to all of our fans & the Rock Hall committee! But if I'm honest I don't understand it. I don't think it's going to make too much difference to many people.

Roxy Music came out of the 1970s progressive rock scene and had hits with Love is the Drug and More Than This. Members Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno went on to have prominent solo careers. HBO will air an edited version of the event along with SiriusXM, and ticketing information will be announced in January.

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