Rush finally nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Do you hear the spirit of radio today? Feel the heat of the limelight? Umm, catch the spit of Tom Sawyer? Canada's holy trinity, Rush, has finally been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
Other '80s acts getting their first nominations, which were announced this morning: hip-hop's Public Enemy and West Coast rappers N.W.A.
Those groups join returning nominees Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, Randy Newman and Donna Summer.
Other less-than-'80s acts nominated include Deep Purple, The Meters, The Marvelettes, Albert King, Procol Harum and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
Still dubiously missing from the nomination list: Duran Duran, Kiss, Journey, Styx and dozens more.
But still, with Rush finally being nominated, you have to wonder: Was Rolling Stone honcho and Rock Hall puppeteer Jann Wenner out sick the day of voting?
Rush has been eligible for nomination since 1998, while both Public Enemy and N.W.A. were nominated in their first year of eligibility. (Artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first recording.)
And in another twist, for the first time, the public gets to vote along with musicians, historians, etc. From now until Dec. 5, fans can vote on Rollingstone.com for their favorite nominees. The top five acts will comprise a single fan's ballot that will be included among the 600 other ballots.
Seriously? All the fans together count as a single ballot? Among more than 600 others? Apparently, Wenner was feeling JUST fine that day.