Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees include five British acts

The seven inductees have been announced with Brits making up five of the seven artists to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2019.


The 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were announced on 13th December and the official induction ceremony will be held in Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York [VIDEO] on 29 March next year. A panel of more than 1,000 figures in the Music industry voted, as well as a fan ballot which was run. Five British acts make up the seven inductees this year.

According to The Guardian, artists who received a nomination but didn’t make the grade [VIDEO] this year in the Hall of Fame include Devo, MC5, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, Rage Against the Machine, John Prine, Todd Rundgren and Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.

The five British acts listed below did, indeed, make the grade and stand tall among seven artists who were eligible 25 years after the release of their first record. The two US inductees are also listed.


Alt-rockers Radiohead

Radiohead was eligible last year after their debut single “Creep” was released 25 years ago. However at that stage they didn’t manage to pass the nomination stage. However, this year they were lucky to become inductees in the famous awards. Ed O’Brien said last year that as a British band, they feel it is lovely to be nominated but added that it is a “very American thing” and that Brits aren’t very good at celebrating themselves.


60s psych-rockers The Zombies

The Zombies, who released their new album “Still Got That Hunger” in September this year, are set to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. They scored hits in the US and UK with “She’s Not There” in 1964. Their album “Odyssey and Oracle” is ranked at No. 100 on Rolling Stones Magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of all Time.


Glam rock group Roxy Music

Who can forget the dulcet tones of Bryan Ferry, who formed Roxy Music in 1970 and was the lead singer and songwriter for the group. Their debut album was “Roxy Music” released in 1972. Other members of the band were bassist Graham Simpson, guitarist Phil Manzanera, saxophone and oboe player Andy Mackay, Paul Thompson on drums. Previous members were Brian Eno and Eddie Jobson on synthesiser and violin and John Gustafson on bass.


Gothic group The Cure

The Cure released their debut album “Three Imaginary Boys” in 1979 which placed them as part of the new wave and post-punk movements at the time. It was the band’s increasingly dark music, along with vocalist Robert Smiths stage look, became the staple of Gothic rock.


Heavy metal band Def Leppard

In the past the group had said it would “politely refuse” the induction into the Hall of Fame. While he accepted the nomination this year, in the past frontman Joe Elliott had said the honour did not reflect the opinion of the regular man on the street. This year he called it a “badge of honour.” Their first release was the three-song album “The Def Leppard E.P.”


US inductee Stevie Nicks

As noted by NME, Stevie Nicks will be inducted for the second time for her solo work, after receiving the honour along with Fleetwood Mac in 1998, five years after they became eligible. Nicks tweeted to say she has been with a band since 1968 and to be recognised for her solo work is a “glorious feeling.” Her first solo album was “Bella Donna,” released in 1981 and is known for the song “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”


US inductee Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson was thrilled to be inducted along with her brothers. The Jackson 5 was inducted in 1997, while Michael Jackson received the honour for a second time in 2001 for his solo work. Her debut album was “Janet Jackson” and was released in 1982.

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