Friday 24 January 2020

Four British acts in running for induction into 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Depeche Mode (L-R) Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andy Fletcher in 2002.
Depeche Mode (L-R) Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andy Fletcher in 2002.

British synth-pop group Depeche Mode and progressive rock band Yes are among four British acts nominated for induction into next year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Nineteen artists, including rapper Tupac Shakur, have been nominated for the prestigious list which currently houses acts such as The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Bob Marley.

Votes will be cast by more than 800 artists, historians and music-industry officials as well as an online "fans ballot" for the public.

Other British representatives come from rock-pop group Jeff Lynne's ELO and She's Not There rockers, The Zombies.

They are joined by Seattle-based Pearl Jam, soul superstar Janet Jackson, German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, and a whole host of global acts.

American disco-era group Chic are appearing on the ballot for the 11th time with no success.

There is no set limit of the number of inductees with five acts being voted in this year including Straight Outta' Compton group N.W.A.

To be considered for the nomination artists must have released their first recording no later than 1991.

Those invited to join the hall of fame will be announced in December with the induction ceremony taking place in Brooklyn's Barclays Center in April 2017.

PA Media

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