2011 Nominees are Tom
Waits, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Donovan, Neil Diamond, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J,
J. Geils Band, Donna Summer, Chic, Dr. John, Laura Nyro, Joe Tex, Darlene Love,
and Chuck Willis
By Fred Mills
It’s an annual ritual by now – and now, we don’t mean the
announcement of the latest crop of nominees for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame,
but the inevitable bitching and navel gazing that accompanies the announcement.
Which of course is followed soon enough by more bitching and navel gazing when
the inductees themselves are selected and announced.
So as you’ve no doubt heard by now, for the Class of 2011,
those nominated for the first time are Tom Waits, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper,
Donovan, and Neil Diamond – pretty hard to argue with any of those, although
punk purists will have a field day with the Bon Jovi nod and everyone who’s not
familiar with the pre-schmaltz-era Diamond may have a thing or two to say as
well. (Suggestion: pick up a copy of Diamond’s early hits and you’ll be a
Then those who were previously nominated and get another
shot at the brass ring this year are Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, J. Geils Band,
Donna Summer, Chic, Dr. John, Laura Nyro, Joe Tex, Darlene Love, and Chuck
Willis. No arguments there, either; all are sound selections of deserving
artists. Here’s hoping we will not have a reprisal of that silly it’s-disco-so-how-can-it-be-rock-and-roll argument
that accompanied Summer and Chic
nominations in years past.
Have at it, kids. More details at the official Rock Hall
site. The announcement will come in December with the induction ceremony slated
for March 14 in NYC.
Meanwhile, check out our perennially popular dissection of
the Rock Hall, published quite awhile back but still generating heated
controversy in the reader comments section.
Oh, and congrats to Tom Waits. Wouldn’t it be awesome to see
an onstage collaboration with Waits and the Beasties?