This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees announced Tuesday. Half the list reading like an episode of I Love the 80s. Janet Jackson among the 19 acts vying for entry. Her pop songs and Beyonce-esque moves breaking through around the time Beyonce was born. Now 50, she's put music on hold because she's pregnant.
Tupac Shakur packed a lot of living and lyrical poetry into his short life. A voice for racial equality, the multi-platinum rapper was killed in an alleged gang shooting in 1996 at age 25. His induction would be just the sixth for a hiphop artist. 80s electronica getting a nod with Depeche Mode.
Hooray for all the alt-rock fans still in their artfully torn t-shirts. And who could forget the soul stylings of Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan. So Nice, her most famous song, said it twice. 90s grunge co founders Pearl Jam also on the list, no doubt in part to throaty front man Eddie Vedder.
And finally, rock's hall of fame would not be complete without a few real throwbacks. Progressive rock band, YES, a nominee.>> I can walk.
As well as everyone's second favorite folk singer these days, Joan Baez, sorry Joan that's only because Bob Dylan won a Nobel Prize.
The final inductees will be chosen by fans and artists. Their names to be announced in December with the annual star packed induction ceremony to follow in April.