Interesting opinion/rumor piece about the possibility of the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Jann Wenner dropping the number of years a band or artist has to be eligible for nomination from 25 to 20.
From the article:
But now that popular music has passed into its retirement, the number of possible new inductees has thinned considerably. This winter, the Hall will induct Genesis, the Hollies, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Jimmy Cliff and ABBA. They’ve all been the on the ballot for a long time and have finally made it mostly because the choices are diminishing.
I’m told that Wenner has looked at the next group of possible inductees, for 2011, and it’s not good: The only superstar who’s had a major career and influenced rock and roll is Sting. Otherwise, the perfectly nice but not exactly big game changers are ‘Til Tuesday, Chris Isaak, Suzanne Vega and Simply Red.
Now, one could say the pioneers of rock and roll and legendary artists who have been overlooked so far (Chubby Checker, Neil Diamond, Carole King, etc) should now have a decent shot at being elected, but we all know Wenner’s penance for “hip” artists getting nominated year after year. If the number of years were dropped from 25 to 20, 2011 would shape up to be a HUGE year for nominees, with the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Nirvana, and Public Enemy up for election. I guess we’ll wait and see, but how the hell is Neil Diamond not in this thing? You all have ‘Sweet Caroline’ on your ipod! Admit it!