First-Timers on Rock Hall of Fame Ballot: Pearl Jam, Tupac

The late rapper Tupac Shakur and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam are among the first-time nominees on the ballot for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nine of the 19 acts that were nominated Tuesday are on the ballot for the first time, with Shakur and Pearl Jam in their first year of eligibility, the AP reports. More than 800 artists, historians, and music-industry officials vote, with results announced in December and induction next April. Other first-time nominees include Journey; hardcore punk pioneers Bad Brains; 1980s synth-poppers Depeche Mode; Jeff Lynne’s 1970s hit machine Electric Light Orchestra; Lollapalooza instigators Jane’s Addiction; 1960s folkie Joan Baez; and Steppenwolf, Canadian rockers of “Born to Be Wild” fame. The disco-era band Chic is on the ballot for the 11th time.

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