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Posted on Dec 19, 2013 02:38 pm
As the full list of 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees was unveiled earlier this week, a great portion of fans couldn't help focusing on the artists that weren't inducted yet again, rather than discussing the ones who will get in during the April 10 ceremony.
Sharing such a stance, our colleagues at Loudwire wrote an open letter to the Hall of Fame, listing artists whose absence from the institution is nothing short of baffling, along with reasons for their long overdue induction.
The letter initially focuses on hard rock icons Deep Purple, who were nominated and ultimately rejected for two consecutive years now. "With a total of 1,390,504 votes cast, Deep Purple came in third place out of 16 total choices," the letter reads. "The only acts to beat Deep Purple in the poll were Kiss and Nirvana, both of whom will be inducted during the 2014 Rock Hall ceremony. Deep Purple also collected more votes than Class of 2014 inductees Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens, so it's easy to see why fans are upset. In cases such as this, fans feel like their voices aren't being heard."
The post then lists reasons for Iron Maiden, Slayer, Motorhead, Judas Priest and Ronnie James Dio to be inducted, pointing out the monumental impact and groundbreaking efforts of each act.
"If being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is truly the apex of musical achievement, all of the trailblazing acts we mentioned above deserve a spot," the letter concludes. "An induction for any of these acts isn't just a celebration of their signature impact, but a legitimization of your own Hall of Fame moving forward. Think about it ... we'll be waiting for your Class of 2015 nominees."
We couldn't agree more with each of the given arguments, hence we share this open letter in hope to spread the word out and help turn the Hall of Fame into a definite prestigious guitar-driven institution.
We also believe Yes deserve a long overdue induction as a band that shaped the modern prog sound, leaving an everlasting impact on such greats as last year's inductees Rush and prog metal giants Dream Theater.
Which other artists do you think deserve a Hall of Fame induction? Check out the full list of previous inductees here and share your thoughts in the comments. Note that artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first major effort.