2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Who Will Make the Cut?

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Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam perform at Irving Plaza Friday, May 5, 2006 in New York.
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With another year, we get another set of nominees announced by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

As usual, there are a bunch of first timers, like Tupac Shakur, Bad Brains, Jane’s Addiction, Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, Depeche Mode, and Steppenwolf. But there are also other bands who’ve been snubbed before, like Chic, Joe Tex, J. Geils Band, Kraftwerk, and Yes. Rock experts will vote on the nominees and the winners will be announced in December and inducted into the Hall of Fame in April.

Takeaway Culture Reporter Melissa Locker says the Hall of Fame represents how rock expands and evolves to incorporate the influences of R&B, country, electronic music, and hip-hop. Today, she gives her take on the selection process and the musicians who made the shortlist. Check out the full list of nominees below, and click on the 'Listen' button above to hear Locker's predictions. 

2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees:

  • Bad Brains 
  • Chaka Khan 
  • Chic 
  • Depeche Mode 
  • Electric Light Orchestra 
  • J. Geils Band 
  • Jane’s Addiction 
  • Janet Jackson 
  • Joan Baez 
  • Joe Tex 
  • Journey 
  • Kraftwerk 
  • MC5 
  • Pearl Jam 
  • Steppenwolf 
  • The Cars 
  • The Zombies 
  • Tupac Shakur 
  • Yes