Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2023 nominees

Well, the nominees have been announced:

Kate Bush
Sheryl Crow
Missy Elliott
Iron Maiden
Joy Division/New Order
Cyndi Lauper
George Michael
Willie Nelson
Rage Against the Machine
The Spinners
A Tribe Called Quest
The White Stripes
Warren Zevon

I would say all of them are worthy of induction… maybe not in their first year, though. If I had to pick 5 of them I would go with Kate Bush, Iron Maiden, Joy Division/New Order, Soundgarden and A Tribe Called Quest.

Still no freakin’ Pixies.

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Cyndi Lauper, definitely. Not only a terrific musician, but the WWE got mainstream popularity which was the foundation of their consistent success to this day in no small part thanks to her involvement with the company.


A bit torn. All 14 there have valid reasons to be considered.
There are 3 first ballot options IMO:
Kate Bush, Iron Maiden, Joy Division/New Order

Of the remaining nominees, there’s 5 I’d prefer the remaining ones be picked from but all of that list are deserving of being there.
Missy Elliott, Cyndi Lauper, RATM, Soundgarden & Warren Zevon
The last 6, again deserve to be in, but I wouldn’t complain if they were omitted at this time.

And even thou I put Willie in that bottom 6, there is part of me that wonders how he isn’t already in.

I think Willie is very likely to get it, because they want to induct him while he’s still around.

Zevon, baby. Zevon.

I’m also too hopelessly biased towards Cyndi Lauper and Soundgarden to even -attempt- to be objective here.

And since we’re on the topic, I’m absolutely befuddled as to why Lauper (and Motorhead, for that matter) isn’t in the WWE Hall Of Fame celebrity wing yet.

Maiden, Rage, Soundgarden, Cyndi, Tribe, Willie, Warren.

Those are all instant picks from this list for me.

Joy Division/New Order, Sheryl, and Kate are on the second tier.