Rock Hall nominees include Hudson Valley-linked Bad Brains, The Cars

Vickie Mathis
October 20, 2016

That's the question some are asking after the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2017 were unveiled Tuesday, with Tupac Shakur headlining the list of 19 possible inductees.

Anthemic rock hit-makers Journey are among the first-time nominees on the ballot for 2017 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Two bands with strong links to the Hudson Valley are among nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. Fans will be able to vote beginning October 18 through December 5 on to cast ballots for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Pearl Jam, still active with a loyal fan base, emerged as one of the biggest forces in the USA alternative music boom of the early 1990s, bringing frontman Eddie Vedder's raw edge to classic rock. Then, the artists will be drafted into the Hall of Fame in April 2017.

In a change introduced in 2012, fans can vote for their favorite artists online through December 6.

Grunge rock band Pearl Jam also became eligible for nomination for the first time this year. Kraftwerk and the J Geils Band receive their fourth nomination and prog rockers Yes their third. Previous hip-hop acts to be inducted include the Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and Public Enemy.

Ballots will be sent to an worldwide voting body of more than 800 artists, historians and members of the music industry. Although this fan ballot is counted as a single ballot among hundreds, the top-voted act has coincidentally been inducted each year since its introduction. Voters must sign in with their Facebook credentials, and are only allowed one vote a day.

The hashtag #InductJanet probably won't be going away any time soon since the Rhythm Nation queen has just received her second Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination.

Last year, it was for nominating (and later inducting) Straight Outta Compton rap collective N.W.A.

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