The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just unveiled the list of their 2018 nominees, and landing on the coveted list of only 19 are LL Cool J and Nina Simone.
In order to be nominated for the induction, each artist or band are required to have dropped their first commercial recording 25 years before being inducted. So for this list of nominees, their first recording had to be no later than 1992.
For all you youngsters out there, yes, LL is very eligible. The rapper turned actor debuted his first studio album, Radio, back in 1985. In fact, his second album, Bigger and Deffer, was released just two years later.
As for Nina, although she’s since passed on, the legendary singer’s legacy will live on forever. The release of her first album, Little Girl Blue in 1974, was just the start of a booming career. The singer went on to then release 39 more albums.
LL nor Simone’s estate have commented on the nomination, but in recent years, there’s been uproar over nominees and whether or not it’s true “rock n roll.”
Back in 2016, after N.W.A. was inducted, Gene Simmons suggested he was looking forward to the “death of rap.” “Let me know when @JimiHendrix gets into the hip hop hall of fame. Than you’ll have a point,” he tweeted to Ice Cube at the time.
The KISS frontman, who thinks rappers should not be allowed into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, did however remain silent in 2017 when Tupac Shakur was nominated.
Check out the full list of the 2018 nominees below.
- Bon Jovi
- Kate Bush
- The Cars
- Depeche Mode
- Dire Straits
- J. Geils Band
- Judas Priest
- LL Cool J
- The Meters
- Moody Blues
- Rage Against the Machine
- Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
- Nina Simone
- Sister Rosetta Tharpe
- Link Wray
- The Zombies