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Nominations are In - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to Induct New Artists

Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, LL Cool J and more

15 artists have a shot at landing a coveted spot in the famous museum.

It's that time of year again. Music lovers look forward to learning which musicians will be potential Rock & Roll of Fame inductees. The names are out for the 2019 batch of hit-makers fans have admired for years. It's hard to believe that some of these huge names in entertainment aren't already part of the Rock & Roll Hall of fame roster, but now's their chance to secure their legacy.

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Who gets in is partly up to fans… vote here to help your favorite artist make it. The inductees will be announced in December, so make this holiday season more special for a star you want to see shine even brighter. As for the process, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame explains, "Each year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation's nominating committee selects the group of artists nominated in the performer category. Ballots are then sent to more than 1,000 historians, members of the music industry and artists—including every living Rock Hall inductee—and the five performers receiving the most votes become that year's induction class. Beginning in 2012, fans were given the chance to vote for the nominees they'd like to see inducted into the Rock Hall. The top five vote-getters in the public poll form one ballot, which is weighted the same as the rest of the submitted ballots."

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But before you check your ballot, check out the current bunch of talented nominees…

There are 15 nominees eligible to be selected to 2019's "class":

  • Def Leppard
  • Devo
  • Janet Jackson
  • John Prine
  • Kraftwerk
  • LL Cool J
  • MC5
  • Radiohead
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Roxy Music
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
  • Stevie Nicks*
  • The Cure
  • The Zombies
  • Todd Rundgren

*Fun fact: If Stevie Nicks makes it, it will be her second time inducted. Per USA Today, "Stevie Nicks is also nominated for induction for the first time as a solo artist, having previously been welcomed into the Rock Hall in 1998, as a member of legendary rock group Fleetwood Mac. If she makes the cut when the 2019 class is announced in December, Nicks will become the first female artist to join the Hall a second time."

As Pitchfork explains, "No artists eligible for the first time this year were nominated. OutKast, Beck, Fugees, Jeff Buckley, the Roots, Snoop Dogg, and Dave Matthews Band are among the artists in their first year of contention (meaning their first commercial records were released in 1993). Surely they'll have another shot in the years to come.

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The ceremony to celebrate the group that comes out on top will be held in New York City in April 2019. Good luck to the 15 finalists!


Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G, Understood.org, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.


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The Eagles Soar Past Michael Jackson

38 X Platinum, 'Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975' Tops 'Thriller'

Here's a real “Thriller" for ya… Michael Jackson's chart-topping album now plays second fiddle to the Eagles' Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975.

Now certified 38x platinum (meaning the album has been sold or streamed 38 million times according to the Recording Industry Association of America {RIAA}), the compilation album has surpassed 1983's Thriller's 33x platinum status. The best-selling album of all time proves the power of the Eagles is still flying high, and their songs since the seventies still rock on as the rockers themselves continue to make music together.

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The popular album, released in 1976, includes hits such as "Witchy Woman" and "Best of My Love." As per People, "The L.A. based band was formed in the early '70s, and they quickly became figureheads for the new brigade of country-tinged singer-songwriters. They had an unparalleled string of hits in the first half of the decade, including 'Peaceful Easy Feeling,' and 'Take It Easy,'— all of which were (also) featured on the record-breaking greatest hits collection."

Is it fair that a "Greatest Hits" album can compare to a standalone in terms of which is "better?" Then again, so many of Jackson's songs are greatest hits in their own right, particularly those on the unforgettable Thriller album. Think "Billie Jean," "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)," "Beat It," "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," "Human Nature," and naturally, "Thriller," to name some of the selections. Those would all be featured on a "Best Of" anyhow. And sales are sales, so the Eagles are deserving of the honor. Not to mention, they also snagged the #3 spot with their Hotel California album, at 26x platinum. Between streams and sales, the Eagles have honestly earned their top and third spots.

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"We are grateful for our families, our management, our crew, the people at radio and, most of all, the loyal fans who have stuck with us through the ups and downs of 46 years. It's been quite a ride," Don Henley said in a statement. And they're still riding the wave.

According to Independent, "To measure album sales in a world of streaming and downloads, the RIAA adopted a new method of tallying streams in 2013 - which considers 1,500 streams of an album or 10 song downloads the equivalent to an album sale." Keeping up with the times and keeping tabs on what's hot.

In 1998, The Eagles were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in the category of "Performers." They also received the Kennedy Center Honor in '16, the same year band member Glenn Frey passed away at the age of 67.

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Will the Eagles ever be surpassed? Time will tell. 'Till then, they'll "Take it to the Limit."


Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G, Understood.org, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.


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