Beastie Boys, Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Bon Jovi among new Rock Hall nominees
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its list of 15 nominees for induction, reaching back to the 1950s for Chuck Willis and the mid-1980s for Bon Jovi and the Beastie Boys. To be eligible, an artist's recording debuts had to occur in 1985 or earlier.
The Beastie Boys, Tom Waits and Neil Diamond appear to be the early favorites. The ballot covers a broad range -- Alice Cooper to Laura Nyro to LL Cool J -- but several rumored names failed to make it to the final ballot, among them Rush, T. Rex, the Smiths and KISS. Once again, Daryl Hall & John Oates were omitted.
The nominees will be announced in December and the induction ceremony held in March.