'We Can Stop Holding Our Breath' on Rock Hall

Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Janet Jackson to be inducted
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2018 9:50 AM CST
A First for Women in 2019 Rock Hall
Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performs at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival on Sept. 21, 2018.   (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

Congratulations to Stevie Nicks. The rocker was announced Thursday as a 2019 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame following her first appearance as an individual nominee. She'll become the only woman to be entered twice, following Fleetwood Mac's 1998 induction. "I have been in a band since 1968. To be recognized for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile. It's a glorious feeling," Nicks says, per Rolling Stone. Winning the fan vote, Def Leppard was also selected in its first ballot appearance, along with Radiohead, in the band's second year of eligibility. Acts are only considered 25 years after the release of their first single or album. The other 2019 honorees selected from 15 nominees: Janet Jackson, The Cure, Roxy Music, and the Zombies. More on the honors:

  • About time: Colin Blunstone of the Zombies calls it "a career-defining [and] life-defining moment" after almost 30 years of eligibility, per Rolling Stone. "It's a nice badge of honor ... Now we can stop holding our breath," adds Joe Elliott of Def Leppard.

  • Family affair: "I am truly honored and I am happy to be in there with my brothers," Jackson says in a statement. Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 are Hall of Fame members.
  • Will Radiohead care? NBC News highlights an interview from earlier this year in which band members Jonny Greenwood and Ed O'Brien appeared to brush off the whole thing.
  • Spring ceremony: The honorees will be inducted March 29 in a ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. You can catch it later on HBO and SiriusXM radio.
  • Missing the cut this year: Kraftwerk, Todd Rundgren, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus & Chaka Khan, MC5, LL Cool J, John Prine, and Devo.
(Four first-time nominees made the 2018 class.)

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