Friday, October 06, 2017 1:00 am
Rock Hall announces nominees
British rockers Radiohead, singer Nina Simone and The Moody Blues are among the first-time nominees on the ballot for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Nine of the 19 acts nominated Thursday are on the ballot for the first time, with Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine getting a chance for immortality in their first year of eligibility. Between five to seven acts usually make it following a vote of 900 industry experts. Inductees will be announced in December with the ceremony set for Cleveland, Ohio, on April 14.
Heavy metal favorites Judas Priest, British singer Kate Bush, the “Sultans of Swing” band Dire Straits, the popular 1980s duo Eurythmics and gospel guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe will also be on the ballot for the first time.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon is 66. Guitarist David Hidalgo is 63. Actress Elisabeth Shue is 54. Singer-songwriter Matthew Sweet is 53. Actress Jacqueline Obradors is 51. Country singer Tim Rushlow is 51. Bassist Tommy Stinson is 51. Actress Amy Jo Johnson is 47. Actor Ioan Gruffudd is 44. Actor Jeremy Sisto is 43. Singer Melinda Doolittle is 40. Actor Wes Ramsey is 40.