Jem Aswad of MTV.com has issued the following report:
Every year since 1986, a handful of artists have been inducted with great fanfare into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, on the basis of the influence and significance of their music.
And every year, another list grows: The artists you'd think would be members, but aren't. The artists on that list — many of whom have been nominated but not voted in — include BLACK SABBATH, THE SEX PISTOLS, KISS, IGGY POP and THE STOOGES, GRANDMASTER FLASH, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, PATTI SMITH, THE NEW YORK DOLLS, the MC5 and many others.
Is that because the bar of influence and significance is set so high that even those legendary artists don't qualify? Well, take a look at who is in: JAMES TAYLOR, THE DELLS, THE FLAMINGOS, JACKSON BROWNE, BILLY JOEL, THE YOUNG RASCALS, THE INK SPOTS, THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL, THE FOUR SEASONS, THE ORIOLES and — just inducted this year — soul singer PERCY SLEDGE, whose one major hit occurred in 1966.
Without demeaning any of these artists, what the f---?
There's been no shortage of bellyaching on this subject, but there hasn't really been an examination of why it's happened.
Read more at MTV.com.
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