Moody Blues, Dire Straits, Bon Jovi, The Cars among this year’s Rock Hall inductees



The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their 2018 class of inductees Wednesday morning, with Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe being the six artists to get the nod.

The artists will be inducted at the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will take place at the Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio on April 18, 2018. Ticket details will be announced in January.

Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after releasing their first commercial recording. This year marked the first nomination for Moody Blues, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Dire Straits, and Nina Simone, the second for Bon Jovi and the third for The Cars.

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“It’s a Christmas miracle,” Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan said to Rolling Stone. “[We were] guys living the dream, getting on a bus with no guarantees in any way shape or form or anything. It was, ‘Let’s go out and make this happen.’ And we actually did.”

The most surprising omission from the class was Radiohead, who many assumed would be a shoo-in. Others nominated to not get the call included Rage Against The Machine, Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, Eurythmics, J. Geils Band, Judas Priest, MC5, The Meters, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, LL Cool J, Link Wray, and The Zombies.

Inductees were chosen by a panel of over 900 voters as well as as well as the aggregate results of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s online fan vote.

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