Back in October, a total of 19 nominees were elected to potentially become part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2017. On Tuesday (Dec. 20), the official list of inductees for the class of 2017 was unveiled. Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, and Chic's Nile Rodgers will be inducted into the Ohio-based museum in the spring of 2017.
Rodgers will receive the prestigious "Award for Musical Excellence" while his group, Chic, will be snubbed for the 11th time. "It's sort of bittersweet. I'm quite flattered that they believed that I was worthy, but my band Chic didn't win," Rodgers said in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. "They plucked me out of the band and said, 'You're better than Chic.' That's wacky to me. I am flattered and I think it's cool, but I feel like somebody put me in the lifeboat and told my family they can't get in."
In a stunning twist, this year marked the first time inductees Tupac and Pearl Jam were eligible to be nominated for the honor. In order to be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a nominee's first recording (or debut album) must have been released at least 25 years ago. The incoming class beat out the likes of Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, The Cars, Jane's Addiction, and more. The inductees were selected by more than 900 voters from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation which is made up of artists, historians, and music industry professionals.
For the past five years, fans have been able to cast their vote with the "fan ballot." Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, and Yes won the fan ballot this year.
The 32nd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set to take place on April 7, 2017 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Like past years the ceremony will air on HBO at a later date. Ticket details will reportedly be announced in January.