The list of first-time nominees for the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of fame is a mix of alt-rock superstars, a hip-hop legend, one of the most pioneering punk bands of the 1980s and a folk icon. Nominees on the ballot the first time include punk/reggae/jazz hardcore rockers Bad Brains, grunge-superstars-turned-great-American-band Pearl Jam, alt rock standard bearers Jane's Addiction, gangsta rap godhead Tupac Shakur and synth poppers Depeche Mode, as well as pop classicists Electric Light Orchestra, folksinger Joan Baez, "Don't Stop Believing" legends Journey and highway rockers Steppenwolf. Pearl Jam and Shakur became eligible for nomination for the first time this year, as nominees must have released their first recording no later than 1991 (i.e. 25 years after the release of their first commercially available record).
2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees List Includes Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Jane's Addiction, Joan Baez, Depeche Mode & More