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Arkansas musician chosen for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

15 December 2017, 03:07 | Clyde Nash

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 inductees include The Cars, Moody Blues, Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, Nina Simone

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces Bon Jovi, The Cars, more as 2018 inductees

Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, Dire Straits and The Cars - in that order - were the top four vote-getters in the Rock Hall's fan poll picking the favorite nominated artists.

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. They will be inducted on April 14, in Cleveland, Ohio.

After the announcement, Rolling Stone's Will Hermes wrote about why she deserved a place in history: "A queer black woman from Arkansas who shredded on electric, belted praises both to God and secular pleasures, and broke the color line touring with white singers, she was gospel's first superstar, and she most assuredly rocked".

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has officially announced next year's inductees: BON JOVI, DIRE STRAITS, THE MOODY BLUES, THE CARS and Nina Simone will all join the class of 2018.

The biggest snub this year, bar none, is the absence of Radiohead, who many felt was a shoo-in for enshrinement. Influential acts from pop history such as MC5, Link Wray, LL Cool J, The Zombies, The Meters and Rufus featuring Chaka Khan also failed to make the cut.

Giroud earns Arsenal a point in 1-1 draw at Southampton
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Bon Jovi serve as the heaviest of the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Class, starting their career with their self-titled 1984 effort, and finding their breakthrough with 1986's Slippery When Wet. Ticket details will be announced in January. HBO will broadcast the ceremony.

Dire Straits also got a boost from MTV exposure on its hit "Money For Nothing" after its breakout song "Sultans of Swing" emerged in the late 1970s, featuring guitar mastery by frontman Mark Knopfler.

The induction ceremony this year will feature a BON JOVI reunion: guitarist Richie Sambora left the group in 2013 under less-than-amicable circumstances. "Most of all, I'd like to thank all of our fans who have supported us over the years, and have steadfastly stood by us". And in recent years, this has caused continuous controversy.

Instead, we get a bunch of classic-rock acts that had been bypassed (mostly, for good reasons) for years.

Jann Wenner's loss is Bon Jovi's gain.



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