Bon Jovi among 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees

Lawrence Kim
December 13, 2017

The 2018 honoree were announced on December 13, and they include some of the biggest and most iconic names in music: Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, Moody Blues, The Cars and Nina Simone!

Artists who were nominated this year but not chosen for induction included British singer Kate Bush, alt-rock band Radiohead and the J.Geils band. She died in 1973.

The jazzy and soulful Simone, also a first-time nominee, was a leader in pushing for civil rights and influenced the likes of Alicia Keys and Aretha Franklin before her death in 2003.

The third time was a charm for The Cars, who had also been nominees in the past two years.

Dire Straits, led by guitarist Mark Knopfler, burst to fame in 1979 with the single "Sultans of Swing" and enjoyed a succession of hits in the 1980s including "Money for Nothing" and "Brothers in Arms".

Each year, five to seven acts usually make it into the Rock Hall following a vote by 1,000 industry experts. An edited version of the ceremony will air on HBO. Bon Jovi were nominated for the second time, and won the fan ballot with over one million votes. The 33rd annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is slated to take place on April 14 at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, with inductors to be announced at a later date; the ceremony will be broadcast on HBO as well as SiriusXM. All of the inductees had to have released their first recording no later than 1992 to be eligible.

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