The 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees have been announced, and LL Cool J is the lone Hip Hop artist.
The 2018 list of nominees for annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction has been announced. Of the 19 candidates. Hip Hop legend LL Cool J is the only artist of his genre. Other nominated artists include Rage Against The Machine, Kate Bush, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and Nina Simone.
LL, the iconic Hip Hop pioneer rapper has previously been numerous times for induction.
To be eligible for nomination, an artist or group must have released its debut commercial recording 25 years, at minimum, prior to the year of induction. Which means that all 2018 nominees had to have released an initial official recording by 1992.
The Queens rapper debut album, Radio, released on Def Jam in 1985. Throughout his musical career, Cool J has released a total of 13 studio albums and two compilation albums. He also appeared in the Hip Hop cult classic film Krush Groove in 1985 and his first official acting gig was in the movie Wildcats, alongside Goldie Hawn, Myketi Williamson, Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes. He now has dozens of film and television credits to his resume’.
Born James Todd Smith, he will become the first rapper honored by the Kennedy Center at its ceremony in Washington, D.C on December 3. The ceremony will air December 26 on CBS.
More than 900 artists, historians and affiliates of the global music industry will receive voting ballots for the 2018 Rock Hall inductees. Fans, once again, will also get the opportunity to cast online votes.
From October 5 thru December 5, fans may visit the website to vote for the artist(s) they deem most worthy.
The final list of 2018 inductees will be revealed in December. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Induction ceremony will take place in Cleveland, OH, April 14.
If LL is indeed inducted into the Rock Hall, he will join fellow Hip Hop legends Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Public Enemy, N.W.A, Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C. and 2Pac.
Here is the complete list of 2018 nominees below.
|J. Geils Band|
|LL Cool J|
|Rage Against the Machine|
|Rufus featuring Chaka Khan|
|Sister Rosetta Tharpe|