After being snubbed for 14 years straight, the fan vote could launch Def Leppard into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have been announced- and so far Def Leppard is leading the pack for fan vote.
Joe Elliott told KSHE95 that despite being passed over for the Rock Hall for 14 straight years — as of now — the fan vote action has gotten him feeling as though Leppard might finally see induction: “It’s well documented how it’s not going to change my life one way or the other; well, Jon Bon Jovi has been telling me for at least 12 months ‘Yes it will (laughs).’ And the fan vote thing is the thing that’s kind of swung our attention into a much more positive situation, y’know? ‘Cause people keep sending us snapshots if they’re at the museum: ‘Check out the fan vote’ — and there’s our name at the top.”
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. Six out of 15 of the Nominees are on the ballot for the first time, including: Def Leppard, Devo, John Prine, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks, and Todd Rundgren.
2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees
- Def Leppard
- Janet Jackson
- John Prine
- LL Cool J
- Rage Against the Machine
- Roxy Music
- Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
- Stevie Nicks
- The Cure
- The Zombies
- Todd Rundgren
The Rock Hall fan vote tallies are updated by the minute at https://www.rockhall.com/fanvote/standings:
The leading Top Five artists vying for the 2019 Rock Hall fan vote are:
1. Def Leppard
2. Stevie Nicks
3. The Cure
4. Todd Rundgren
5. The Zombies
Inductees will be announced in December 2018. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Ceremony will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on March 29, 2019.
Beginning October 9 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on December 9, 2018, fans can \ 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.