Radiohead, Janet Jackson, The Cure, Stevie Nicks will join the Hall Of Fame
The induction ceremony will be on March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York City.
Nominated but not making the final cut were LL Cool J, Devo, Rage Against The Machine, MC5, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, John Prine, Todd Rundgren and Kraftwerk.
Janet Jackson’s failure to be elected in previous years has received outrage especially from the African American community.
She became eligible in 2016 but was not nominated.
The Roots‘ Questlove called her exclusion “highly criminal” and stated that her 1986 album Control launched the New Jack Swing trend.
“This was no one’s kid sister,” he wrote on a social media post earlier this year.
Jackson’s siblings Jackson 5 and brother Michael have already been inducted.
She responded to the news, “I am truly honoured and I am happy to be in there with my brothers.”
Stevie Nicks is already inducted as a member of Fleetwood Mac.
Leppard earned 547,000 votes from fans, which are incorporated into 1,000 ballots from artists, historians, industry executives and past winners.
The British band were driving to a concert in their hometown Sheffield when the news came through.
Singer Joe Elliott made it clear they were excited about the news.
“We are in a very elitist club right now, aren’t we,” he mused to Billboard, “with the Stones and the Beatles and the Who and Led Zeppelin and Bruce Springsteen all that stuff.
It’s not sure what Radiohead will do: when nominated, they shrugged their shoulders and dismissed the HoF as “an American thing.”
The Cure won’t use the ceremony – as many others have – to reunite with its many past members.
The word from the band is that its current lineup is the best and that will be the one to feature.