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This year’s Twenty-First Annual Induction Ceremony into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be held on March 13, 2006 in New York at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The artists being inducted this year are: Black Sabbath, Blondie, Miles Davis, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sex Pistols, and receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award are Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. The foundation nominating committee is made up of rock and roll historians which select the nominees each year, then ballots are forwarded to another voting body that consists of approximately 700 rock experts. Susan Evans has been the Executive Director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame foundation since it was formed it 1983.

So you want your favorite band inducted into the Hall of Fame? Let’s begin with the preliminaries, the artists only become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their recording. The committee also considers the influence and significance of the artist’s contribution to the development of rock and roll. Some of the past inductees have included Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen.

You still think your favorite band is worthy of the honor, right? Huge fanbase? The first thing to do is to write a letter of support to the campaign including the band you would like inducted, focusing on their contributions and recognition and the longevity of their popularity, and yes it would help if they are presently touring. You get the idea! It’s a real honor to be inducted, so why would any band refuse to attend? The Sex Pistols have declined one of the music industry’s greatest accolades. The Sex Pistols have retorted and snubbed their induction according to John Lydon’s website where it was reported; the band said they will not be attending. In a brief statement from distinguished executive director of the Rock and Roll’s Hall of Fame, Miss Evans said of the band’s decision to shun the honor: “They’re being the outrageous punksters that they are, and that’s rock’n roll.” The Sex Pistols entered the British invasion in the second wave (1978-1985), where the strength of the “new wave” inflated the popularity of British musicians, such as David Bowie, Elvis Costello, The Police, Eurythmics, Duran Duran, and the Culture Club. The waves continue to pound U.S. soil with the Fourth Wave (2001-present) with bands such as ColdPlay, James Blunt, Joss Stone, Dido, Natasha Bedingfield, Elbow, Gorillaz and the latest “Welcome to the Jungle” the Arctic Monkeys.

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