35th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place in May
By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger
In 1951, WJW Cleveland, Ohio disc jockey Alan Freed was forced to accept the graveyard shift due to a non-compete clause that limited his ability to find work he signed with a former station. Freed made history and became internationally known for promoting a mix of blues, country, rhythm and blues on his radio show at WJW where he popularized the phrase “rock and roll” to describe the music he played and earned him the commonly referred nickname of “father of rock n’ roll.”
In 1986, Freed was included in the first group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, being awarded the Ahmet Ertegun Award. This category honors songwriters, producers, disc jockeys, record executives, journalists and other industry professionals who have had a major influence on Freed’s coined phrase of the musical genre he loved.
Performers are eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single and are nominated by a committee that selects several candidates, the highest being 16 for the 2020 class of inductees. Ballots are sent to more than 1,000 "rock experts" who evaluate the candidates and vote on who should be inducted. The performers that receive the highest number of votes are inducted. This number varies from year to year.
This year, the 35th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is taking place on May 2, 2020. The newest Inductees in the Performer category honors bands or solo artists that demonstrate musical excellence — including but not limited to influence on other performers or genres, length and depth of career and catalog, and stylistic innovations or superior technique and skills.
This year’s list of Performer Inductees includes Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G. and T. Rex.
Where is the heavy metal category?
The induction has not come without criticisms over the years — especially for heavy metal and hard rock fans. These categories are apparently snubbed once again this year, it looks like.
Black Sabbath was eligible in 2006, after more than a decade of eligibility before they were inducted.
In 2009, Metallica received a nomination and was inducted in their second year of eligibility.
Sadly, all other Heavy Metal bands have all yet to be recognized by the institute. “Rock experts” need to fix this, stat.
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