By JOHN DALY
Def Leppard and Stevie Nicks continue to battle for the No. 1 spot in the fan vote for the Rock and Roll Hall of fame.
As of Oct. 29, the legendary metal rockers of Joe Elliott, Rick Savage, Rick Allen, Phil Collen, and Vivian Campbell had more than 294,188 votes while the Fleetwood Mac front woman had more than 255,722 votes.
In third place was musician extraordinaire and producer Todd Rundgren with more than 168,194 votes, in fourth place was The Cure with more than 156,539 votes, and in fifth place were The Zombies with more than 142,747 votes.
Def Leppard Fans Pulling Together
Janet Jackson, Devo, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine and Roxy Music round out the top 10 vote-getters. The tallies are updated by the minute and Def Leppard fans are all over it, being driven by a gigantic prompt on the Def Leppard website encouraging the vote.
The 2017 fan vote winner was Bon Jovi, who led a list of inductees that also included The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Last year, it was a race to the finish as Bon Jovi fans pulled together in the final days to narrowly edge out Moody Blues with 1,139,398 to 930,187 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.
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.
Ahmet Ertegun Award
This award (which was formerly known as the non-performer category) honors songwriters, producers, disc jockeys, record executives, journalists and other industry professionals who have had a major influence on rock & roll.
These artists pre-date the birth of rock & roll, but have had a profound impact on music’s evolution and its iconic artists.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Award for Musical Excellence
This award honors performers, songwriters and producers who have changed the course of music history. These artists have dedicated their lives to creating influential, important music infused with originality, and have achieved a level of timeless distinction.
New in 2018, this category of recognition focuses on the songs which have established a permanence in our history and influenced rock and roll. These songs have had an immense cultural impact and merit a place in history.
Included in 2018:
- Link Wray – “Rumble”
- The Kingsmen – “Louie Louie”
- Chubby Checker – “The Twist”
- Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats – “Rocket 88”
- Steppenwolf – “Born to Be Wild”
- Procol Harum – “A Whiter Shade of Pale”