By DONNA BALANCIA
Bon Jovi, Moody Blues and Dire Straits topped the fan votes for entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Bon Jovi secured more than 1.16 million votes, Moody Blues finished with more than 944,718 and Dire Straits was a somewhat distant third with more than 612,451 votes.
In fourth place was The Cars with 551,218 votes, in fifth was Judas Priest with 536,867 votes and The Zombies were in sixth place in the fan vote with 527,258 votes.
How It Works
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Nominating Committee selects the group of musicians nominated. Ballots are sent to roughly 900 members of the music business, musicians and historians, as well as all living Rock Hall inductees. The five performers who get the most votes are in the induction class.
The top five vote-getters in the public poll form one ballot, which is weighted the same as the rest of the submitted ballots.
The artists — performers, composers and/or musicians — are eligible to be inducted 25 years after the release of their first commercial recording. Inductees will have had a “significant impact on the development, evolution and preservation of Rock and Roll,” according to the Hall of Fame. There are several categories:
This category honors bands or solo artists which demonstrate musical excellence. Such a descriptor includes (but isn’t limited to) influence on other performers or genres; length and depth of career and catalog; stylistic innovations; or superior technique and skills.