Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 inductees revealed (no Radiohead)

Carla Harmon
December 13, 2017

The six inductees were chosen from a group of 19 nominees, including Radiohead, who were expected to enter in the Rock Hall in their first year of eligibility, but didn't make it. The top five artists, as selected by the public, comprised a "fans' ballot" that was tallied along with the other ballots to determine the 2018 Inductees. The 2018 honoree were announced on December 13, and they include some of the biggest and most iconic names in music: Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, Moody Blues, The Cars and Nina Simone!

"It's a Christmas miracle", Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan told Rolling Stone. Fans are already buzzing about whether or not longtime Bon Jovi guitarist, Richie Sambora, who left the group unexpectedly in 2013, will join the band for the induction ceremony in April.

Singer-songwriter and civil rights activist Nina Simone died in 2003 at age 70 after finding fame in the 1960s with songs like "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" and "Mississippi Goddam". Sister Rosetta Thorpe will also be inducted as an "early influence".

She was especially influential to Little Richard, the rock pioneer who was in the Hall of Fame's first class in 1986, with Tharpe discovering the future star's voice when he was selling soft drinks at her concert.

Simone's induction comes as the Hall of Fame increasingly broadens its definition.

In its citation, the Hall of Fame credited the London band with its revival of Americana, saying, "Dire Straits dragged rock kicking and screaming back to its gritty, country roots using beefy guitar licks and bluesy vocals".

The Cars, formed in Boston in the late 1970s, merged rock and synthesizer-oriented pop to produce hits like "Drive" and "Just What I Needed" before breaking up in 1988.

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