2008 Hall of Fame Nominees

It is that time of year again, the nominees for induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame have been announced, and the tongues are wagging. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees with who is nominated as each person has their own opinion and taste, and it is only expected that an onslaught of praise and criticism will follow after the names of the nominees are released. The 2008 Hall of Fame nominees have caused a stir to say the least.

The induction ceremony for the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame will take place at the prestigious New York Waldorf Astoria Hotel on 10 March 2008. Here, the five selected inductees, whose names will be released in January 2008, will earn their permanent place of representation in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located in Cleveland. How are nominees selected? Musicians and bands that are considered for induction must have released an album or a song twenty-five years ago. Hence, this year’s nominees would have released their albums or singles in 1982 or earlier.

Summer, Africa Bambaataa, Leonard Cohen, Chic and the Beastie Boys. Let us take a trip down memory lane.

The Ventures were a rock band that made it onto the music scene in the 1960s. They were known for hit songs such as “Run, don’t Walk” and “Hawaii Five-O’. Madonna just makes the cut with her single “Everybody” being released in 1982. The Beastie Boys also just made it in with their album, “EP Pollywog Stew”. It is interesting to know that Madonna brought The Beastie Boys into the limelight when they performed as a support band during her Virgin Tour in 1985. Donna Summer was known as the Disco Queen, with hits such as “Love to love you Baby” released in the 1970’s, “I feel Love” and “MacArthur Park”. Leonard Cohen is not only a musician, but a songwriter that has written for music legends such as Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. Songs released by Cohen in the 1970s and early ‘80s include the hit “Bird on a Wire”. The other nominees have also enjoyed success in the music industry and it cannot be an easy task selecting nine finalists amongst hundreds of deserving artists.

Not matter what the outcome might be in regard to the five Hall of Fame inductees for 2008, fans should continue to follow the awards closely. Hopefully their personal favorite will also have the opportunity to be nominated or selected to become a part of music history in the years to come.