Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, Steve Miller among 2016 Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame class



deeppurplebannerThe Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame has selected five new inductees, and four of them are classic rockers.

Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple (pictured above), and Steve Miller, along with seminal rap group N.W.A make up this year’s class.

“Usually I’m a man of many words, but this has got me in a tizzy here,” Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nelson said, per RollingStone.com. “I’m verklempt. I don’t know what to say. It’s very exciting.”

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Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice responded to the news by saying “At last!”

“I knew it would probably happen one day,” Paice told Rolling Stone. “I do appreciate how difficult it probably was for them to do it with so many lineups, so many different members. It’s a minefield, really. I suppose it’s rather nice.”

Noteworthy among this year’s snubs were Nine Inch Nails, Janet Jackson, The Cars, The Smiths, Chic, and Chaka Khan. Troy Smith of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says Jackson and Nine Inch Nails stand out as the two biggest snubs.

“(Jackson’s) failure to earn induction highlights older rock voters claims’ that Miss Jackson isn’t rock, isn’t Madonna and isn’t as good as her brother,” Smith wrote. “I couldn’t disagree more. Janet Jackson has released No. 1 albums in four decades, helped break racial barriers on MTV and has 10 chart-topping singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She would have given the 2016 inductions the headliner it needed.”

“Nine Inch Nails’ snub is even more confounding, especially after the recent first-ballot inductions of Nirvana and Green Day,” Smith continued. “While Nine Inch Nails, perhaps, didn’t reach the global level of success as those two bands (especially Nirvana), Trent Reznor accomplished something much more groundbreaking – he lifted industrial rock from a niche genre to a respected musical art form. If you’re comparing NIN to other acts getting inducted this year, Reznor’s output was far greater than N.W.A.’s and more significant than the four classic rock bands.”

The ceremonies for this class are scheduled to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday, April 8.

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