The nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019 were announced this morning (Oct. 9). Among the nominees is singer-songwriter John Prine, the reigning Americana Awards Artist of the Year. This marks Prine’s first time on the rock hall ballot. His latest album, The Tree of Forgiveness, debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, earning Prine his best debut on the chart. Released on Oh Boy Records, the album is Prine’s first album featuring new material in over 13 years and was produced by Dave Cobb.
In September, Prine was honored with BMI’s Troubadour award in Nashville.
Other Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees include:
LL Cool J
Rage Against the Machine
Rufus & Chaka Khan
To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. Inductees will be announced in December 2018. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on March 29, 2019. Ticket on-sale information will be announced in January.
Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry. Factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.
Fans will be able to participate in the induction selection process again this year, beginning today (Oct. 9) and running through Dec. 9, 2018. Fans can visit rockhall.com to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2019 inductees. Fans will need to login to vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.
HBO will once again broadcast the ceremony in 2019, and SiriusXM will also carry a radio simulcast, along with specials leading up to the Ceremony devoted to the Rock Hall’s Inductees—past and present— on Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio (Ch. 310).
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