Tupac, Pearl Jam Topline 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

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Last Updated: October 18, 2016 @ 11:15 AM

The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees are out, and now it’s time to (definitely) vote for Tupac Shakur (pictured above) and Pearl Jam, among others.

Here’s the full list, in alphabetical order — an asterisk means the artist is a first-time nominee:

Bad Brains*
Chaka Khan
Depeche Mode*
Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)*
The J. Geils Band
Jane’s Addiction*
Janet Jackson
Joan Baez*
Joe Tex
Pearl Jam*
The Cars
The Zombies
Tupac Shakur*

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 — that means the 2017 group had to release a first recording no later than 1991. Tupac and Pearl Jam first became eligible this year.

Here’s how the selection process works: Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 800 artists, historians and members of the music industry. Factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.

Fans also get a bit of a say, and can vote for up to five of the artists here.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2017 inductees will be announced in December. The actual induction ceremony will be held in Brooklyn in April, when HBO will once again televise the event.


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