Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Janet Jackson joins her brother Michael and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, earning induction on Thursday along with Stevie Nicks and Def Leppard, the top fan vote-getter.
Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music, and the Zombies will also be ushered in next spring at the 34th induction ceremony. It will be held March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Jackson’s induction comes after her third time as nominee and many saw it as overdue, given her prowess as a hitmaker with ‘‘All for You,’’ “That’s the Way Love Goes,’’ “Nasty,’’ “Together Again’’ and ‘‘What Have You Done for Me Lately.’’
Her career has suffered from the fallout after the infamous 2004 Super Bowl appearance where her bare breast was briefly exposed. Jackson became eligible for the rock hall in 2007 and wasn’t nominated until 2016.
The Roots’ Questlove, in a social media post earlier this year, said her exclusion had been ‘‘highly criminal.’’ He cited the influence of her 1986 album ‘‘Control,’’ which he said set off the New Jack Swing trend.
‘‘This was no one’s kid sister,’’ he wrote.
Jackson said on Thursday: ‘‘Thank you Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I am truly honored and I am happy to be in there with my brothers.’’
It will be Nicks’s second induction into the rock hall, since she’s already there as a member of Fleetwood Mac. She launched a solo career in 1981 with her duet with the late Tom Petty, ‘‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.’’ Other hits followed, including ‘‘Edge of Seventeen,’’ “Stand Back,’’ and ‘‘I Will Run to You.’’
Def Leppard earned more than half a million votes from fans, which are incorporated into more than 1,000 ballots from artists, historians, industry professionals, and past winners in deciding who gets honored. The British heavy metal band with a pop sheen was a huge seller in the 1980s on the back of songs such as ‘‘Photograph’’ and ‘‘Pour Some Sugar on Me.’’
There’s some question about whether Radiohead will shrug its collective shoulders as inductees. The English band seemed like generic grunge rockers on their initial hit, ‘‘Creep,’’ but with the album ‘‘OK Computer’’ and beyond have become consistent sonic pioneers. Among its rock hall class, Radiohead has had the most impact on the current music scene.
In an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood said ‘‘I don’t care’’ when asked about the rock hall.
The hall will announce ticket sales for March’s ceremony next month. HBO and SiriusXM will carry the event.