Setting aside the idea of enshrining rock and roll into a museum and all the contradictions that entails, here are the nominees with my comments if you care...
- Alice Cooper - yes, should be in. Innovative godfather and forerunner of goth, metal and makeup rock.
- Beastie Boys - yes, should be in. Innovative rap team key to bringing rap "overground" to the masses back in the 80s.
- Bon Jovi - no, should not be in. Sold a lot of records, but...what exactly did they bring to the table?
- Chic - not yet. Should eventually get in, but not so impressive that they are a lock.
- Neil Diamond - yes, should be in. Marginal on the "rock" scale, but clearly a major and influential writer and performer.
- Donovan - no, should not be in. Nice performer from the 60s and 70s, but not so influential or important to merit the hall.
- Dr. John - yes, should be in. Very influential jazz, blues and pop performer.
- J. Geils Band - um, no. Should not be in. "Angle Is A Centerfold" is reason alone to exclude them.
- LL Cool J - respect here, but not in yet. I think there are more deserving people on the current list. He'll get in eventually.
- Darlene Love - no opinion. I don't know enough about her to judge.
- Laura Nyro - no opinion. I don't know enough about her to judge.
- Donna Summer - yes, should be in. It's Donna Summer!
- Joe Tex - no opinion. I don't know enough about her to judge.
- Tom Waits - yes, should be in.
- Chuck Willis - yes, should be in. Early rhythm and blues pioneer.
Who should get in? Who should not?
Somebody important missing from the list? Nominees must have released their first recording at least 25 years ago to be eligible.