The applications of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class of 2023 attend, and the list includes George Michael, Kate Bush, Missy Elliott, the White Stripes, Sheryl Crow, Iron Maiden, Joy Division/New Order, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine, Soundgarden, the Spinners, A Tribe Called Quest and Warren Zevon. Top voters will be announced in May and inducted in the fall.
“This remarkable list of nominees reflects the diversity of artists and music that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honors and celebrates,” said John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “These artists created their own sounds that marked generations and influenced countless others who followed in their footsteps.”
To be eligible for this year’s ballot, each nominee’s debut single or album had to be released in 1998 or earlier. Eight of the nominees (Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, Joy Division/New Order, Cyndi Lauper, George Michael, Willie Nelson, The White Stripes and Warren Zevon) are on the ballot for the first time. Missy Elliott and the White Stripes are in their first year of eligibility.
This is the fifth nomination for Rage Against The Machine, the fourth for Kate Bush and the Spinners, and the second for Iron Maiden and A Tribe Called Quest.
Listing Joy Division and New Order in one act might seem odd because they’re technically two different groups. But New Order was formed by the three surviving members of Joy Division almost immediately after frontman Ian Curtis committed suicide in 1980. The only difference was the addition of keyboardist Gillian Gilbert a few months later. (In 2012, the Hall of Fame incorporated the Small Faces and the Faces as one unit, even though they had two different singers and rather different sounds. It’s easy to say that Joy Division and New Order have more DNA than these two groups.)
The Hall of Fame is one of the few places outside of a courtroom where bitterly estranged bandmates are forced back into the same room. This led to incredible reunions over the years of dormant bands like Cream, Led Zeppelin, Talking Heads, the Police and the Doors. This class offers New Order the opportunity to perform with former bassist Peter Hook for the first time since 2006 and Jack White and Meg White to perform together again as the White Stripes for the first time since the last episode. of Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 2009.
It’s also an opportunity for the surviving members of A Tribe Called Quest and Soundgarden to play together again. Rage Against The Machine is on indefinite hiatus as frontman Zack de la Rocha recovers from a severe tear to his left Achilles tendon he suffered on the second night of the band’s 2022 reunion tour, but it is possible that they can also play.
The Class of 2023 will be chosen by a group of more than 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry that Rock Hall has selected as voters. In recent years, the Hall of Fame has awarded the Music Excellence Award, the Ahmet Ertegun Award, and the Early Influence Award to a wide selection of artists who were not on the ballot. In 2022, seven poll acts were officially inducted and seven others received other awards.
The final Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place on November 5, 2022 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It is not known where it will be held this year.