The once big-haired New Jersey-based rock band Bon Jovi will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at Cleveland, Ohio’s Public Auditorium on April 14, 2018 at the 33rd annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. This announcement was made on Wednesday, December 13.
While they lead the class of 2018 inductees, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone, and gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe (award for early influence) will also be joining them.
Bon Jovi received over one million fan votes, translating to a single vote in the overall judging. They beat out 18 other candidates, including LL Cool J, Rage Against the Machine, and Radiohead. Among the other top 5 fan voted winners were Moody Blues (950k), Dire Straits (616k), The Cars (553k) and Judas Priest (539k).
For an artist to be eligible for nomination, their first record must have been released at least 25 years prior, making this years cut off 1992. The ballots are then sent to an international voting body made up of more than 900 music industry members, who based their votes on musical influence, length and depth of career, and body of work.
Bon Jovi dominated the rock charts in the 1980s with hits like “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Livin’ on a Prayer,” and “Wanted Dead or Alive.” They have sold over 120 million albums throughout their career. Members to be inducted include front man Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, Richie Sambora, Alec John Such and Tico Torres.
To be inducted after only their second nomination is a major feat, and who better for it to go to than the legendary and charismatic Bon Jovi, who you’re guaranteed to hear on any rock station to this date?
Inductors for the ceremony will be announced at a later date, and HBO and SiriusXM will be broadcasting the event.