Pearl Jam and Jane’s Addiction are among the first-time nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, joining a total of 19 potential inductees that include some longtime candidates as well as several fresh names. Also among the nominees are seminal hardcore band Bad Brains, quintessential garage rockers The MC5, alternative legends Depeche Mode and classic rock staples like Journey, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, The Cars and The Zombies.

Rounding out the list are Janet Jackson, rap icon Tupac Shakur,
Chaka Khan, Chic, J. Geils Band, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Kraftwerk and early hard rockers Steppenwolf.

Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro called in from his car to tell us how he felt about the nomination: [“It’s very much an honor and I’m very excited about it and couldn’t be more thrilled about it. However, you know, it’s the nomination so the jury is still out. But the year that we are nominated and the company we’re in is pretty spectacular. I mean, to be in the same category as these bands is — it’s a pretty big deal for me.”] 

  • The top five vote-getters for the class of 2017 will be announced in December and inducted next April at a ceremony at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York. HBO will broadcast the ceremony later in the spring.
  • To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2017 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1991.
  • For the fifth straight year, the public will get a chance to vote alongside the over 800 artists, historians and music industry insiders who comprise the Hall’s voting body. Fans can enter their votes at from now until December 6th, and the top five acts compiled from the fan votes will comprise a “fan ballot” that will be entered alongside the rest to determine the 2017 inductees.