es, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra and Pearl Jam lead the list of 2017 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They’ll be joined at next April’s ceremony by folk legend Joan Baez and the late hip-hop star Tupac Shakur.
Nile Rodgers of Chic, who later had a sweeping impact on rock as a producer, will receive the Award for Musical Excellence – which replaced the sideman award. Ringo Starr is the most recent honoree; the E Street Band, Leon Russell and fellow producer Glyn Johns have also recently been recognized.
Next year’s class was announced this morning. The 32nd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set for April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where it will be held for the third time. The event will subsequently be televised on HBO. Details regarding on-site tickets and the broadcast schedule will be announced in early 2017.
Artists are eligible for the hall of fame 25 years after the release of their debut recording. Honorees are chosen by more than 900 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation voters, along with a single ballot containing the aggregate results of the annual online fan vote. Journey finished as the top voter getter in that poll. ELO, Yes, Pearl Jam and the Cars rounded out the Top 5.