The omission is particularly surprising, considering Dave Matthews Band handily won the fan-centric online vote, which contributes to the annual selection process. (This year’s induction honors instead will go to Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Whitney Houston, the Doobie Brothers, The Notorious B.I.G., and T. Rex.)
Fans of the band took to social media in the wake of the news to express their dismay at the decision. “So the Dave Matthews Band won the #RockHall2020 popular vote but still didn’t get in? That’s unprecedented,” one fan tweeted alongside a gif of a winking Hillary Clinton, while another pointed out, “Dave Matthews Band is only behind The Beatles and U2 for most #1 albums in the history of music. It’s ok @RockHall, we’ll wait.”
(Excluding solo artists, DMB actually ranks behind the two aforementioned acts as well as The Rolling Stones. With seven consecutive No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 since 1998’s Before These Crowded Streets, the band ranks fourth alongside Led Zeppelin.)
DMB has since taken to Twitter to congratulate the inductees. “We want to express gratitude for all of our amazing fans and their support. We reached over a million fan votes! Thank you!” they wrote.
Check out more fan reactions in defense of Dave Matthews Band below.
So the Dave Matthews Band won the #RockHall2020 popular vote but still didn’t get in?
That’s unprecedented pic.twitter.com/Wk75e6xWyG
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) January 15, 2020
No Dave Matthews Band….why the Hall is a Joke https://t.co/cpIThFQFTV
— Bobby Milone (@BobbyMilone29) January 15, 2020
Well, at least T. Rex and The Doobie Brothers finally got in. But how did they pick the others over Dave Matthews Band and Pat Benatar?
— @KatzReviews (@KatzReviews1) January 15, 2020
Dave Matthews Band is only behind The Beatles and U2 for most #1 albums in the history of music.
It’s ok @RockHall, we’ll wait.
— Keith Ricci (@KeithRicci) January 15, 2020
WHAT A BUNCH OF COMPLETE AND UTTER BULLSHIT!! DAVE MATTHEWS BAND SHOULD HAVE BERN INDUCTED!! ———— https://t.co/ITC5ruRHKu
— Tiff Wright ——????–?? (@Ms_Wright311) January 15, 2020
— Ryan O’Connell (@ryanoconnell79) January 15, 2020
— ItsaDaveThing (@ItsaDaveThing) January 15, 2020
— Jon Stanley (@jonny_five_) January 15, 2020
If Dave Matthews Band doesn’t get voted into the Rock & Roll hall of fame white guys everywhere will strap on their cargo shorts and storm their nearest Abercrombie & Fitch, armed with empty White Claw cans.
— Dan Regan (@Social_Mime) January 12, 2020