Somebody call the karma police. 

Radiohead has been nominated for induction into the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Thom Yorke’s beloved alt-rock band joins other first-time nominees including late jazz icon Nina Simone, British heavy-metal group Judas Priest, English singer-songwriter Kate Bush and progressive-rock pioneers The Moody Blues. 

Depeche Mode, The Zombies, The Cars, MC5 and J. Geils Band are all in the running once again after receiving nominations last year, while Bon Jovi is back in the ring after receiving its first and only nod in 2011.

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“The group of nominees is really reflective of the diversity of what we call rock ‘n’ roll,” says Greg Harris, CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. “It’s a very wide net and underscores the evolution in the nominating process.”

Of the 19 artists nominated, two became eligible for induction this year: Radiohead and funk-metal band Rage Against the Machine, both of whom released their first singles (Creep and Killing in the Name, respectively) 25 years ago in 1992. 

Jazz/soul legend Nina Simone died in 2003. (Photo: Julie Skarratt)

Simone, meanwhile, lands her first nod 31 years after she first qualified in 1986, the Rock Hall’s inaugural year.

“It’s interesting to see someone who was so influential make the ballot for the first time,” Harris says. Simone’s long-overdue recognition calls to mind 2017 inductee Joan Baez, who was also eligible in 1986 but only received her first nomination last year. “Many folks just assumed she was already inducted and there was a similar feeling with Nina.” 

Inductees into the 2018 Rock Hall will be voted on by a group of more than 900 artists, historians and music-industry professionals. 


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