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|Bon Jovi again snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Last year, Bon Jovi did not get inducted.
This year, Bon Jovi isn’t even nominated.
The Sayreville band with the massive worldwide following may yet make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But it won’t happen in 2012. The Hall released its latest list of nominees yesterday, and Bon Jovi isn’t on it.
An act does not become eligible for the hall until 25 years after the release of its first recording, which meant that Bon Jovi couldn’t have been nominated until autumn 2009. The band was bypassed in its first year of eligibility.
When Bon Jovi received a nomination last year, detractors argued that the popular Jersey group lacked the artistic merit required for enshrinement. Supporters reminded us how few groups were still capable of filling stadiums — something Bon Jovi does with ease. Ultimately, the Hall snubbed the band, instead selecting (among others) critical favorite Tom Waits, who has sold a small fraction of the records that Bon Jovi has. It may not have been a deliberate rebuke, but to Jon Bon Jovi and his bandmates, it must have felt like one.
The hall — which will induct the class of ’12 on April 14, in a Cleveland ceremony — does not always bestow its greatest honor to the world’s favorite bands. Recently, the institution has not seemed too interested in rock at all.
Among those nominated this year are frat-rappers the Beastie Boys and groundbreaking hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, Philly soul singers the Spinners, sophisticated singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, ’60s folk-pop star Donovan, funk acts War and Rufus with Chaka Khan, bluesman Freddie King, and disco singer Donna Summer.
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