Artists are eligible to be nominated 25 years after they released their first commercial recording. Despite Maiden being around for over 40 years, this is their first time on the ballot.
We are scratching our heads as to how Judas Priest have still not been added, yet even considered by the official judging panel despite making it on the fan ballot last year.
Other first-timers include JAY-Z, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Fela Kuti, Carole King, and Dionne Warwick. If Foo Fighters end up getting the nod, that would make Grohl a two-time inductee, thanks to his work in Nirvana, which was already inducted. Carole King and Tina Turner would also be two-timers.
Voting has begun and the final class will be announced in May. A voting body of over 1,000 artists, historians and music industry members vote on who gets in, in addition to a fan vote. No word on when the induction ceremony would be conducted.
Either way, the selection process seems to be nothing more than a load of bollocks with questionable integrity as to how some bands being selected and other obvious and blatantly iconic artists are snubbed each year.