The Star-Ledger article
|Bon Jovi nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
ersey’s own Bon Jovi, better known for glittering record sales than glowing record reviews, was nominated yesterday for a coveted spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Formed in 1983 by singer Jon Bon Jovi, the band has recorded 11 albums of muscular hard rock, and hit the top of the Billboard charts four times. "Livin’ on a Prayer," a tale of working-class resilience first released on the multi-platinum 1986 "Slippery When Wet" album, has become a pop standard.
But nomination is only the first step toward induction into the prestigious club.
"I don’t think they’re absolutely automatic to get into the hall," says Billboard editor Craig Marks, "but they fill an important niche among the nominees and, by far, they’re the one with the largest contemporary following. Sure, they’re not the typical ‘rock critic band,’ but it’s good to see that they’re not getting punished for that." In order to receive the honor, the Sayreville band had to be selected by a committee of 34 music business professionals and rock critics. To make the Hall of Fame, Bon Jovi will have to be among the top choices of a group of 500 to 600 voters, who will select from a list of 15 nominees. Should they be chosen for induction, they’ll be honored on March 14 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.
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