On Tuesday morning, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame revealed the nominees for their 2017 induction ceremony. Among the 19 musical greats nominated this year, ranging from the likes of Janet Jackson to Pearl Jam, is none other than hip-hop’s own Tupac Shakur.
As we come up on the 25th anniversary of Pac’s debut 2Pacalypse Now, the Harlem born, West Coast legend will be eligible to join the 2017 class of inductees. In December, officials will announce the artists who received the most votes. The induction ceremony will take place in April at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, for the second consecutive year.
This year’s list includes: Tupac and Pearl Jam, who are both first time nominees, in their first year eligible. Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane’s Addiction, Joan Baez, Bad Brains, Steppenwolf and Journey, who are also first time nominees. Janet Jackson and Chaka Khan, who were both nominated last year. Chic, who earned a Hall of Fame record with 11 nominations since 2003, Rolling Stone reports. Joe Tex, with his fifth, J. Geils Bands and Kraftwerk, with their fourth and the third for Yes. Wrapping up the long list of contenders with MC5, the Cars, and the Zombies.
From now until December 5th, fans will be able to participate in the voting process by casting votes via Rolling Stone.