The inductees for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Class of 2016 were announced today, and it’s almost a textbook of 1970s rock — save for one act.
Missing the cut were nominated acts like Chic, Nine Inch Nails (second nod), The Cars, and The J.B.’s. Causing particular outrage was the omission of Janet Jackson, whose nomination even had its own Facebook page supporting it. Apparently some people have nothing else better to do with their day.
This year’s class includes some amazing acts. Enjoy.
1. Steve Miller
Whether you call him the Space Cowboy, or Maurice — everyone knows Steve Miller Band. This was Miller’s first nomination, though he’s been eligible for some time. It’s important to note also, that Miller is being inducted as a solo artist, rather than the band. This is due to the constant rotating nature of the band’s lineup, and is presumably just easier this way.
Originally named “Chicago Transit Authority”, they are standard course study for every single high school band student in America. Their rock-jazz fusion has never stopped being solid as hell, including that hard right turn into Adult Contemporary they took in the 1980s — thanks to Peter Cetera. The return of Cetera for the induction has become a matter of some speculation.
3. Deep Purple
It’s a safe bet they’re being inducted despite a harsh protest from Guitar Center employees. Literally anybody who knows nothing about the electric guitar can pick one up and play ‘Smoke On The Water‘. It’s either that or Stairway To Heaven. Deep Purple not only gave us the most recognizable riff of all time, they also laid the groundwork for this little thing you might have heard about called “heavy metal.”
4. Cheap Trick
When ‘Live at Budokan‘ was released in the US in 1979, the concept of a live album would never be the same again. Who else could have made a room full of Japanese girls scream like that just with the now-iconic line “I want you… to want… me!”? The one-two punch of Rick Nielsen’s guitar and Robin Zander‘s polished charisma made Cheap Trick one of the greatest acts in pop rock history.
What should surprise and bother you at the same time, is that N.W.A. is only the fifth rap group to be inducted. (Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC, Beastie Boys, and Public Enemy are the other four.) The landmark 1988 ‘Straight Outta Compton‘ album introduced the world to gangsta rap and scared the living hell out of suburban white parents whose kids just discovered you could cuss on a record. Some have speculated the nomination came behind a swell of popularity following this year’s biopic.