Judas Priest, Rage Against The Machine among others Nominated for Rock and Roll hall of fame induction
By David McNally
It’s that time of year again. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have revealed their 19 nominee’s to be inducted into the Hall, and this year some hard rock names have made the ballot such as, Judas Priest and Rage Against The Machine.
Now it’s no secret that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hasn’t traditionally held strict genre standards for entry into the hall. For example, in 2008 Madonna was inducted into the “elite” group and in 2016 the notorious rap group N.W.A. also joined the Rock Hall.
When you think about, it’s a bit odd that Hall is called the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” considering who's in it, it’s more of just a catch all for all of the best musical acts. However, there is an evident lack of metal bands and while there have been a handful of punk bands inducted into the hall, it’s still unclear as to why there aren’t many metal bands in the hall.
Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. The influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll is also included in the criteria to be inducted.
As of today, the only metal acts in the hall are the Black Sabbath (2006) and Metallica (2009) and – yikes, that’s it.
Don’t get me wrong; there are lot of great heavy rock bands currently in the hall, but there aren’t enough who are purely defined as metal. where is Iron Maiden and Megadeath? Surely they have progressed the sound of metal and pushed the boundaries for rock and roll.
Do you want more metal bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Well lucky you, vote here.
Other honorable nominee mentions: Bon Jovi, The Cars (probably the most deserving band to not be in the hall; great band), and Dire Straits.