The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honours artists who have contributed over 25 years of musical excellence.
The inductees for 2019 have been officially announced, with Radiohead, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard, The Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies all joining the club.
An official induction ceremony will be held at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on the 29th March, and an edited version of the event will be latered aired and broadcast on US media.
Other artists that were nominated to be inducted next year included: Kraftwerk, Todd Rundgren, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus & Chaka Khan, MC5, LL Cool J, John Prine and Devo. No newly eligible acts made it in this year, but it was the first time that both Def Leppard and Stevie Nicks appeared on the ballot (Nicks was already inducted back in 1998 as a member of Fleetwood Mac though). This makes Nicks the only woman to enter the Hall of Fame on two occasions.
"I have a lot to say about this, but I will save those words for later. For now I will just say, I have been in a band since 1968. To be recognized for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile. It’s a glorious feeling," Nicks said.
Jackson also released a statement saying: "Thank you Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I am truly honored and I am happy to be in there with my brothers."
"Now we can stop holding our breath. How wonderful to be in the same club as the Rolling Stones and the Beatles and the Who and Queen … It’s a nice badge of honor," said Joe Elliott of Def Leppard.
Colin Blunstone of the Zombies has been eligible since 1989, and has appeared on three previous ballots. He said this was the result of incredible patience and persistence: "You do start to doubt that it could happen. I’ve tried to be fairly philosophical about it and tell myself that if we don’t get inducted, it’s just a bit of fun. Don’t take it too seriously. But of course when you’re actually inducted, everything changes. You think, ‘This is a career-defining [and] life-defining moment.'"
Longtime bandmate of Blundstone, Rod Argent, said: “I know it’s fashionable in some circles to say, ‘I don’t mind whether I get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or not', but that is not how I’ve ever felt. When we were first nominated, that felt like a huge honor in it's own right. And this time to turn the corner and get inducted, feels fantastic … I’m just so delighted."
From Radiohead, “the band thanks the Hall of Fame voting body and extends congratulations to this year’s fellow inductees.”
But back in 2017 they spoke to Rolling Stone about their skepticism of the institution: "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," said guitarist Ed O'Brien.