Tupac, Pearl Jam lead 2017 Rock Hall class of inductees

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Sunday Oct. 5, 2014. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Sunday Oct. 5, 2014. The band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

And they’re in: Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez and Journey will go into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year as performers, along with Nile Rodgers with an Award for Musical Excellence.

The Cleveland-based institution made its announcement this morning. The induction ceremony will be April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, after a display at the Hall’s museum in Cleveland is unveiled on March 30.

Thirteen other acts were nominated in October but didn’t make the final cut, including MC5, Kraftwerk, Janet Jackson, Jane’s Addiction, the Cars, Chaka Khan, J. Geils Band, Depeche Mode, the Zombies, Joe Tex, Steppenwolf and Bad Brains. Chic was also nominated and didn’t get in, but founding member Rodgers’ award provided partial recognition to the band’s legacy.

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Inductees are chosen by more than 900 voters selected by the hall, along with a fan-voting element. Pearl Jam, Yes, ELO and Journey were among the inducted acts that earned automatic nominations from finishing in the top five of the fan-ballot process.


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