Exclusive: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame President discusses choices for 2023 nominees

Feb. 1, 2023, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced their induction nominees. That same morning, we had a chat with the President/CEO of the Hall, Greg Harris.

On February 1st, 2023, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced their 2023 induction nominees.

You can see the FULL list below, along with the video announcement of the nominees.

I also had a chance to speak to the President and CEO of the Hall, Greg Harris. Watch the full interview below.

More on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2023 induction nominees. Here’s the FULL list:

  • Kate Bush
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Missy Elliott
  • Iron Maiden
  • Joy Division/New Order
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • George Michael
  • Willie Nelson
  • Rage Against The Machine
  • Soundgarden
  • The Spinners
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • The White Stripes
  • Warren Zevon

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. Eight out of 14 of the Nominees are on the ballot for the first time, including Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, Joy Division/New Order, Cyndi Lauper, George Michael, Willie Nelson, The White Stripes, and Warren Zevon. This is the first year of eligibility for Missy Elliott and The White Stripes.

“This remarkable list of Nominees reflects the diverse artists and music that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honors and celebrates,” said John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation said in a statement Wednesday. “These artists have created their own sounds that have impacted generations and influenced countless others that have followed in their footsteps.”

Earlier this week, The Rock Hall issued a new mission statement, “seemingly designed to counter complaints about country and hip-hop artists being honored by the organization,” Ultimate Classic Rock’s Matthew Wilkening writes.

Wilkening adds, “The organization has been criticized in recent years for nominating and inducting an increasing number of artists from outside the rock genre, such as LL Cool J, Eminem, Lionel Richie and Dolly Parton.”

At the time of Parton’s nomination, Rock Hall representatives said that “from its inception, rock ‘n’ roll has had deep roots in rhythm & blues and country music.

“It is not defined by any one genre, rather a sound that moves youth culture.”

Rock Hall President and CEO Greg Harris shared the new mission statement on Monday during an online press event, expanding on that sentiment: “Born from the collision of rhythm & blues, country and gospel, rock ‘n’ roll is a spirit that is inclusive and ever-changing. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates the sound of youth culture and honors the artists whose music connects us all.”

Nominee ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, historians, and members of the music industry. An artist’s musical impact and influence on other artists, length and depth of career and body of work as well as innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.

Fans around the world will have a chance to participate in the Induction selection process through the Fan Vote, The Rock Hall announced. “Through April 28, fans can vote online every day at vote.rockhall.com or in person at the Museum in Cleveland,” reps said in a statement. “The top five artists selected by the public will comprise a ‘fans’ ballot’ that will be tallied along with the other ballots to determine the 2023 Inductees.”

The class of 2023 inductees will be announced in May, with the annual ceremony taking place this fall (venue, date and ticket information to come).

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