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Radiohead, Nina Simone up for Rock Hall 2018

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 10/5/2017 Patrick Ryan
Thom Yorke of British rock band Radiohead, which is up for induction into the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. © Omar Ornelas, The Desert Sun-USA TODAY NETWORK Thom Yorke of British rock band Radiohead, which is up for induction into the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Somebody call the karma police. 

Radiohead has been nominated for induction into the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Thom Yorke's beloved alt-rock band joins other first-time nominees including late jazz icon Nina Simone, British heavy-metal group Judas Priest, English singer-songwriter Kate Bush and progressive-rock pioneers The Moody Blues. 

Depeche Mode, The Zombies, The Cars, MC5 and J. Geils Band are all in the running once again after receiving nominations last year, while Bon Jovi is back in the ring after receiving its first and only nod in 2011.

"The group of nominees is really reflective of the diversity of what we call rock 'n' roll," says Greg Harris, CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. "It's a very wide net and underscores the evolution in the nominating process."

Of the 19 artists nominated, two became eligible for induction this year: Radiohead and funk-metal band Rage Against the Machine, both of whom released their first singles (Creep and Killing in the Name, respectively) 25 years ago in 1992. 

Simone, meanwhile, lands her first nod 31 years after she first qualified in 1986, the Rock Hall's inaugural year.

"It's interesting to see someone who was so influential make the ballot for the first time," Harris says. Simone's long-overdue recognition calls to mind 2017 inductee Joan Baez, who was also eligible in 1986 but only received her first nomination last year. "Many folks just assumed she was already inducted and there was a similar feeling with Nina." 

Inductees into the 2018 Rock Hall will be voted on by a group of more than 900 artists, historians and music-industry professionals. 

The 2018 inductees will be announced in December and the induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland's Public Auditorium on April 14, 2018. 

Last year's induction class included Baez, Tupac Shakur, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, Nile Rodgers, and Pearl Jam. The latter was particularly popular in the fan vote, says Harris, who believes two other bands could draw similarly strong reactions from music fans this year. 

"From the Museum side, the passion that fans have for The Moody Blues is pretty remarkable. They have never been on the ballot, so that could be pretty exciting," Harris says. "Globally, bands like Radiohead are massively popular with a different demographic than The Moody Blues, so that could be a really exciting fan piece.

"Any grouping of this ballot will make for an exciting induction class," Harris continues. "All are clearly deserving." 


The full list of nominees: 

Bon Jovi

Kate Bush

The Cars

Depeche Mode

Dire Straits

Eurythmics

J. Geils Band

Judas Priest

LL Cool J

MC5

The Meters

Moody Blues

Radiohead

Rage Against the Machine

Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

Nina Simone

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Link Wray

The Zombies

Related slideshow: Highlights of 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction (Provided by Photo Services)

Founder of Rolling Stone magazine and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Founder Jann Wenner speaks onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 7, 2017 in New York City. Highlights of 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction
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