2017 Rock Hall of Fame nominees: Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Jane’s Addiction

Observers are predicting that the late Tupac Shakur will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. (Courtesy photo)

Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Jane’s Addiction and Depeche Mode were among the nominees for the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall announced today, prompting the New York Time to report on “the possibility of a sweep of 1980s and ’90s nostalgia for an institution that has been criticized for its devotion to the baby boomer generation.”

Of the 19 nominees, nine got a nod in their first year of eligibility. In addition to those already mentioned, the list includes Bad Brains, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Steppenwolf and Joan Baez.

Repeat nominees include Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan, the Cars, the Zombies and the MC5 (on their second nods); Yes (third); Kraftwerk and the J. Geils Band (fourth); Joe Tex (fifth); and Chic, which has now been nominated 11 times — more than any other act in the Hall of Fame’s 31-year history.

Artists become eligible for nomination 25 years after the release of their first recording. Inductees will be announced in December, and the 2017 ceremony will be held in April at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with excerpts broadcast on HBO.

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