October 19, 2016 1:00 AM
Tupac, Pearl Jam leading Hall nominees
NEW YORK – The late rapper Tupac Shakur and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam 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 are on the ballot for the first time, with Shakur and Pearl Jam in their first year of eligibility. More than 800 artists, historians and music-industry officials vote, with results announced in December and induction next April.
And “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” it’s true: Journey is another first-time nominee. Others include the hardcore punk pioneers Bad Brains; 1980s synth-poppers Depeche Mode; Jeff Lynne’s 1970s hit machine Electric Light Orchestra; Lollapalooza instigators Jane’s Addiction; 1960s folkie Joan Baez; and Steppenwolf, Canadian rockers of “Born to be Wild” fame.
Artists back for another chance include pop superstar Janet Jackson; influential disco-era band Chic (on the ballot for the 11th time); soul singer and former Rufus frontwoman Chaka Khan; the Peter Wolf-led rockers J. Geils Band; late “I Gotcha” singer Joe Tex; the German electronic music band Kraftwerk; the Detroit-area punk band MC5; The Cars; the Zombies and the 1970s-era progressive rockers Yes.