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Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper and Tom Waits lead latest group of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

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By David Malitz

Another year, another chance to be underwhelmed by the nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. New on this year's list: New Jersey icons (Bon Jovi), troubadours gentle (Donovan) and growly (Tom Waits), a shock rocker (Alice Cooper) and a schlock rocker (Neil Diamond). They join past nominees, including LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Donna Summer and more.

Surely one of these artists deserves to be enshrined ... right? Take a deep breath and make your pick.

(Note: In a fit of too-fast typing there was an "s" added to Donna Summer's name. We'd change the poll but that means erasing all the previous votes and we don't want to take away Chic's current one percent.)

By David Malitz  | September 28, 2010; 2:02 PM ET
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Click Track readers, I love you dearly. But do not let Bon Jovi win this poll.

Posted by: ChrisRichards | September 28, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

It's a crime that Los Lobos is not in this institution, or in the list of nominees (which they would be at the top of). A crime.

Posted by: bdballard | September 28, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Check the blog again on Thursday, bdballard. We do a weekly debate post that might hit on exactly what you just noted.

Posted by: ChrisRichards | September 28, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I think in order to vote you should have to verify you actually know who these artists are. Bon Jovi doesn't deserve to go ahead of any of the people on the list below them in the vote results, including Neil Diamond or Chic (schlock is Wayne Newton). Neil actually is a writer and recording/performing artist with a long and successful history of selling records and tickets, whether you like his style or not.

Posted by: tojo45 | September 28, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Can we really take any so-called Rock and Roll Hall of Fame seriously that refuses to acknowledge the likes of Rush and Heart?? What type of thinking must be involved in the decision to place anyone on the current list ahead of these two innovative and ground-breaking bands???

Posted by: Tunesmith1 | September 28, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Why do I have a feeling I'll be the only one voting for Joe Tex?

I loves me some Bon Jovi, but give 'em a few more years, there's others off & on that list that deserve it before they do.

But seriously, it's all dependent on whims & how Jann Wenner's hair is that day.

Posted by: wadejg | September 28, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Let me just add to what tojo45 said about Neil Diamond by pointing out that he's also part of the Brill Building coterie of songwriters that essentially invented modern pop music--Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Doc Pomus, Leiber & Stoller and, yes, Burt Bacharach & Hal David. He's earned the honor for that alone.

Posted by: jhpurdy | September 28, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Is rap now considered rock n roll? When did this happen? I like rap but why are these guys even considered when there are so many qualified actual rock n roll artists not in there? Why not put Garth Brooks in the RNR hall of fame? If you ask founders of rap if rap is a subcatagory of rock what would they say?

Posted by: englundc | September 28, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

This IS supposed to be the Rock & Roll HOF...right?
Donna Summer?
Joe Tex?
Neil Diamond?
Chic?...really? f'n Chic?...seriously?

Posted by: overed | September 28, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The problem with the R&R hall of fame is that they have let too many people in each year. For example, if you take the Country Music HoF, they didn't induct George Jones until 1992 or Elvis until 1998. The R&R HoF have let so many people in since 1986 that there is very few deserving right now. In about 5 years Britney Spears will be inducted and in 15 you will have Justin Beiber. They need to cut down the amount of people they let in each year.

Posted by: brothbart | September 28, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Where are the Moody Blues?

Posted by: GrandstandAnalyst | September 28, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Having been a charter member of the Rock Hall, I would say that the committee that decides these things are historically anti-progressive rock bands in general. The closest inductee in this category would be Pink Floyd. Some of the nominees are rather marginal. I would agree that the Moody Blues, ELP, Yes are more deserving. Los Lobos should have been a shoo-in. The different genres are already represented so Rock and Roll encompasses a great variety. Joni Mitchell really isn't a rock artist in the true sense.

Posted by: pdtrinhmd | September 28, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Besides not being representative acts of R&R(like many already inducted)90% of the nominees don't deserve to be considered, especially when groups like Three Dog Night, as well as The Moody Blues and others, haven't made it in.

The R&R Hall of Fame is becoming less and less relevant as an institution of rock music repesentation and recognition as it continues to water down the quality of it's membership.

Posted by: slyltc | September 29, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

How can we consider it the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame when the greatest rock band of all-time isn't in there? I'm talking about Smash Mouth, people!

They had a song in the Shrek soundtrack.

Posted by: phunseetious | September 29, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Love him or hate him, Alice Cooper deserves to be in the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame. He almost single-handedly introduced rock to theatrical performances and vice-versa, and enjoyed a 40-year string of hits in the process. He's now on his third generation of fans ('Generation Landslide', indeed) and still brings the stage alive in ways most artists can't seem to imagine.

And at the moment, it seems 56% of the people voting in this poll agree - the next closest artist (Bon Jovi, who, I think, also deserve induction) are sitting at just 8%.

Posted by: dpaus | September 29, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Alice Cooper has earned it. Greetings from Germany

Posted by: reineruhrig | September 29, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

ALICE COOPER ALL THE WAY!!!HE EARNED IT!!!HE IS 62 YEARS OLD AND HAS WAITED MOST HIS LIFE FOR THIS!!!!ALICE ALICE ALICE!!!

Posted by: cold_ethel_kisses | September 29, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I actually rather like Bon Jovi, and I think that rap artists being segregated from rock is probably why tensions can get so high in certain circles already.

That being said, Alice Cooper! A 42 year(and counting) musical career, a theatrical stage show that makes broadway jealous, forming an image that still makes most parents cringe, and creating the still-standing anthem for the end of the school-year! He should have been in there years ago. He's been eligible for 17 years, but he's been skipped repeatedly.

I have much respect for a few artists on this list, but nobody has earned that honor like Alice Cooper. A world without Coop attaining this victory, 'welcome to my nightmare'

Posted by: willieb2 | September 29, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

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