Chicago wins ‘fan vote’ for Rock Hall of Fame … but will it matter?
Can anyone say “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” without snickering and rolling your eyes? And yet, I feel compelled to provide this update anyway on the 2016 nominations. It turns out that Chicago was won the “Fan Vote” for the 2016 class with 23 percent of the vote.
So what does that mean really? It means that Chicago (along with fellow top five finishers Yes, The Cars, Deep Purple and Steve Miller) will all receive “one” ballot in the voting pool. What’s the total number of ballots, you ask? More than 800.
Seriously? One vote each among EIGHT HUNDRED other ballots. That actually seems about that; that’s about the amount of respect the Rock Hall gives to fans. (BTW, it turns out the fan favorite usually does end up being inducted, but let's not let ruin a good rant.)
Of course, that’s not the end of the sad story. Turns out the online voting system might have been hacked, giving those top 5 bands a big hand in the final tally. Oh, who cares? Give all the bands their “one ballot.”
The 2016 inductees will be announced Thursday. Stay tuned. Or better yet, tune out.