Def Leppard have topped the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s fan vote. Each year, fans have the chance to cast their ballot on who they think should make it into the Rock Hall – and the Sheffield heroes now have a great chance for induction in 2019.
Def Leppard gathered 547,647 votes – with the fan vote top five rounded out by Stevie Nicks (427,844), Todd Rundgren (365,370), The Zombies (329,052) and the Cure (264,443). All five artists will now go on a single ballot that will be included in the final voting pool.
This means that while Def Leppard’s induction isn’t guaranteed, it should be noted that since the fan vote was introduced in 2013, the top vote winner has always gone on to be inducted into the Hall. Those artists are Rush, Kiss, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chicago, Journey and Bon Jovi.
The Class Of 2019 will be revealed on Thursday, with the ceremony taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on March 29.
Other artists shortlisted for The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2019 are Rage Against The Machine, Radiohead, Roxy Music, Devo, Kraftwerk, MC5, John Prine, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, LL Cool J and Janet Jackson.
Of these artists, Janet Jackson picked up 218,581, Devo (186,754), Roxy Music (167,307), Rage Against The Machine (148,208), Radiohead (140,458), John Prine (136,746), LL Cool J (119,657), Rufus featuring Chaka Khan (99,724), Kraftwerk (87,456) and MC5 (85,304).
The official choices will be announced at 8 am on Thursday, 13 December on the Rock Hall’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages as well as on SXM Volume Channel 106.
Keep in mind that these are Class of 2019 inductees who will be revealed then are only those being inducted as performers. Closer to the ceremony, set for March 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, the Rock Hall will reveal the names of those going under the auspices of non-performers. Those inductees are not part of the voting process, and are chosen by a separate committee.
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