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via The New York Times
Of the 19 nominees announced by the Rock Hall, nine were getting their first nods, including Pearl Jam and Mr. Shakur in their first year of eligibility. This latest crop includes Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan and NWA who were inducted this year (2016).
According to the Times,
The wave of fresh names comes after the Rock Hall was scolded by many critics for most its recent class — Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, Steve Miller and N.W.A — which was heavy on the 1970s generation and included no women. And in an embarrassing sideshow, Mr. Miller made a series of complaints about the Rock Hall’s handling of the ceremony, saying, “The whole process is unpleasant.” That led to a quick disavowal by the Black Keys, who had given Mr. Miller’s induction speech.
Shakur, who died in 1996, would become only the sixth hip-hop act to join the pantheon, after Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and N.W.A, which was inducted this year.
Artists become eligible for nomination 25 years after the release of their first recording. Inductees will be announced in December, and the 2017 ceremony will be held in April at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with excerpts to be broadcast by HBO.