The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is giving fans a voice this year by including the public in the induction selection process. Fans will now be able to vote for who they want to see at the ceremony this April, which is a first for the Rock Hall. Since its establishment in 1983, an international voting pool of more than 600 artists, historians and members of the music industry were the ones to conduct the votes.
The 2013 nominees include Deep Purple, Heart, Rush, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Albert King, Donna Summer, Public Enemy, Procol Harum, Randy Newman, N.W.A., Kraftwerk, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Marvelettes, the Meters, and Chic.
The polls opened Thursday and will continue through December 3. Fans will be able to vote for five nominees that they would like to see inducted into next year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists leading the polls will be taken in to account to determine the 2013 inductees. So far, Rush is leading the interactive polls just a stretch ahead of Deep Purple and Heart.
Nominees can now get in the game by engaging their fans to vote though their social network pages. The new style of online fan voting makes the process more authentic because it’s controlled by those who have followed the nominees since the beginning. Who better than the fans to give their favorite artists an induction into rock and roll history?
Cast your vote here: RockHall.com