Four rock bands, an amazing diva, and one of hip-hop’s greats are all invited in to the club.
A few weeks ago, I wrote some short commentary about the list of artists nominated for induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020. If you missed it, you can read it here: https://inmyroom.blog/2020/01/03/2020-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-nominees-and-how-you-can-vote/.
In case you hadn’t heard (and in that case, you probably don’t care- that fact hasn’t escaped me), I am happy to belatedly announce to you the 2020 inductees:
The Doobie Brothers
Nine Inch Nails
The Notorious B.I.G.
Interestingly, four of the six selections were elected on their first ballot appearance, with only Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails needing repeated attempts to get in. Although a case could be made for any of the nominees left out in the cold, Soundgarden and Dave Matthews Band are the two biggest snubs as far as I am concerned.
First of all, if Soundgarden isn’t a Hall of Fame band, I’ll eat my hat (full transparency requires me to admit that I am, in fact, not wearing a hat). They will eventually get in, of course, but that isn’t the point. After Chris Cornell’s untimely death, these guys should have gotten in on their first crack, even if at the expense of the generational talent that is Trent Reznor (aka Nine Inch Nails). Remember – it’s not pandering because Soundgarden belongs there in the first place.
As for DMB, yes I am (clearly) a white male in his late 30s, and therefore still openly admit to enjoying this music long after it became unhip to do so. Sorry folks, but there is an incredible catalogue of music and a well-earned reputation of legendary live performances that requires their inception. Maybe not on the first ballot, you say? Fair. Just keep in mind that they demolished the fan vote, which apparently doesn’t mean much to what I’m dubbing the “Big RRHOF lobby”. Again, they’ll get in soon, so I’ll rest my case here and save my energy for more important things – like a critique of the Super Bowl Halftime show.
(No, there will not be a discussion of the SB LIV halftime show on this blog).