The latest round of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductions were announced today, and Whitney Houston is the only woman honored.
The inductees signal the Hall’s determination to celebrate an assortment of genres. Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Michael McDonald, who will be inducted with the Doobie Brothers, told Rolling Stone magazine, “Each of those bands has helped shape the form that rock & roll has taken over the years.
That’s what I like to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame do: pick those bands that have sculpted what we see rock & roll as today.”Along with DMB and Benatar, other artists who failed to earn enough votes from the voting body of 1,000 artists, historians, current living inductees and music industry members were Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motörhead, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden and Thin Lizzy.In recent years, the act generating the most fan votes, which counts as one collective vote, has been inducted (Def Leppard, Kiss).
This year, DMB earned more than a million votes and Benatar close to 900,000.