Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2023 Nominees

Kate Bush, Iron Maiden, Soundgarden, Warren Zevon and The White Stripes among this year’s list of hopefuls

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has chosen a wildly diverse array of 14 nominees for its forthcoming class of 2023. 

The slate casts an incredibly wide net that includes the art pop of Kate Bush, the jazz-hop of A Tribe Called Quest, the outlaw country of Willie Nelson and the heavy metal majesty of Iron Maiden in a long overdue decision that will certainly please Eddie Trunk.

The complete lineup of artists selected by the Hall’s nominating committee as 2023 contenders are as follows:


Kate Bush

Sheryl Crow

Missy Elliott

Iron Maiden

Joy Division/New Order

Cyndi Lauper

George Michael

Willie Nelson

Rage Against The Machine


The Spinners

A Tribe Called Quest

The White Stripes

Warren Zevon


You got 14 nominees on a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ballot for the first time: Missy Elliott, Warren Zevon, Willie Nelson, the White Stripes, Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper, George Michael and Joy Division/New Order. For many scrutinizing rock fans, the inclusion of Warren Zevon has been long overdue, and hopefully the decision makers at the Rock Hall will do the right thing on the 20th anniversary of his death. 

Meanwhile, moving into the 25 year criteria is Missy, whose classic debut Supa Dupa Fly was released in July of 1997, and the White Stripes, whose eligibility squeaks by on the back of its debut single, “Let’s Shake Hands,” which was released in March of 1998. 

Among the artists being left off the ballot from last year’s nominations: Devo, Dionne Warwick, Beck, the New York Dolls, Fela Kuti and the MC5.

Is your favorite artist still missing from the mix? We want to know!

Let the debates begin!


VIDEO: Rock Hall 2023 Nominations Announcement

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Ron Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Rock and Roll Globe. Reach him on Twitter @MisterTribune.

2 thoughts on “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2023 Nominees

  • February 24, 2023 at 9:04 pm

    Still no meatloaf (((shaking head)))

  • February 26, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    Still no mention of Jethro Tull? Ridiculous.
    What about the Smiths?
    Tommy James and the Shondells?
    Blue Oyster Cult?


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