The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has revealed the names of its 2017 inductees. Six artists have been chosen in the Performer Category from 19 original candidates, including legendary artists: Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes along with Chic co-founder Nile Rodgers, who will be honored with an Award for Musical Excellence.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame unveiled the names in a new release posted Dec. 20 at its official Rock Hall website. The artists will receive induction at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will take place on April 7 in Brooklyn, New York at Barclays Center.
With the exception of three-time Rock Hall nominee Yes, the 2017 class consists of first-time nominees. Four of this year's nominees were also among the five artists chosen in the fan vote held for the fifth straight year, including: Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Pearl Jam and Yes. Fan ballot results were tallied along with the selections of a panel of over 900 Rock Hall voters.
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HBO will air the television broadcast at a date TBA while SiriusXM will air the event via radio. Broadcast details will be revealed in early 2017.
Artists become eligible as candidates for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the the release of their first record. A special exhibition in tribute to the 2017 inductees will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on March 30.
Speculation is already running rampant among media and fans about whether the public will get to see original line up reunion performances from Journey, Electric Light Orchestra and Yes. All three bands have had a number personal changes over the years and it remains to be seen whether fans get to see performances by classic era lineups (i.e. Steve Perry fronting Journey, Jon Anderson fronting Yes, Bev Bevan drumming for ELO).