Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2019 nominees include Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard, Roxy Music, John Prine, Devo and Todd Rundgren

Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard, Roxy Music, John Prine, Todd Rundgren and Devo head the list of first-time nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which this morning released its 2019 ballot.

They join nine repeat nominees, including rapper LL Cool J and pioneering German electronic music group Kraftwerk, who have both been nominated four times previously. Other repeat contenders on the 2019 ballot include: The Zombies; The Cure; Radiohead; Rage Against The Machine; MC5; Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan; and former Rancho Santa Fe resident Janet Jackson, who was nominated in 2016 and 2017.

The full list of nominees, including the specific members of each nominated band who will be honored if their band is inducted, appears below.

Should Roxy Music earn enough votes to be inducted, it will be without any of the band’s former bassists, at least two of whom are deceased. None of the long-dormant band’s bassists were included in the list of nominated members, likely because Roxy Music went through at least seven bassists between 1972 and 1982.

Of the 15 nominated artists for 2019, only three — Nicks, Jackson and former Rufus singer Khan — are women. Between the first induction ceremony in 1986 and 2016, only 14 percent of the inductees have been women.

Aretha Franklin, who died last month, in 1987 became the first female artist to be inducted, followed by The Supremes in 1988 and Lavern Baker and Tina Turner (along with her former husband and musical partner, Ike Turner) in 1991.

Nicks was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 as a member of Fleetwood Mac. If she gains enough votes for induction on her own, she will become the band’s first member to also be inducted as a solo artist. Nicks performs in San Diego with the latest edition of Fleetwood Mac on Dec. 8 at SDSU’s Viejas Arena. Radiohead singer Thom Yorke will perform here Dec. 17 at Observatory North Park with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and visual artist Tarik Barri. That show is sold out.

Def Leppard performed at San Diego’s Petco Park on Sept. 23, while MC5 co-founder Wayne Kramer — whose memoir was recently published — performed at San Diego’s House of Blues on Oct. 4. Rundgren, who is now completing his autobiography, most recently played here last August at the Music Box. Prine, who performed May 19 at the San Diego Civic Theatre, in April released “The Tree of Forgiveness,” his first album of new songs in 13 years.

Rock renaissance man Rundgren, esteemed singer-songwriter Prine and the pioneering English band Roxy Music have each been eligible for induction since late in the last century. But all three have repeatedly failed to make the Rock Hall nominating committee’s cut, until now.

Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first recording under their own name. They are nominated for their musical excellence, influence on other artists, body of work, innovation, the “length and depth of their career” and their “superiority in style and technique.”

That may, or may not, explain, the absence of a number of performers who qualified for the ballot for the first time this year. The list of omissions includes everyone from Snoop Dogg, Beck and the Poway-bred punk-pop band blink-182 to The Roots, the Dave Matthews Band and OutKast.

Of the 15 nominees each year, typically between five and seven are chosen for induction. Ballots are cast by more than 1,000 voters, among them previous nominees, music industry professionals, music historians and critics, including this writer. Inductees will be announced in December and honored at the March 28 induction ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Fans can vote online at rockhall.com ballots between today and 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 9.

The top five artists selected by the public will comprise, a “fans’ ballot,” which will be tallied with the other ballots to determine the 2019 Inductees. Fans can submit one ballot per day and vote for up to five nominees per day.

That sounds like a lot, and — in theory — it is, since Bon Jovi last year garnered a field-leading 1,162,146 online fan votes. But all of the combined online votes cast by fans last year counted as just a single ballot in the final tally.

Presenters and performers will be announced closer to the date of the inductions, which will air in edited form on HBO and be simulcast on SiriusXM. Tickets for the public are expected to go on sale in January.

A limited number of pre-sale tickets for the 2019 induction ceremony will be available for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame donors and members. To qualify, you must become a member by Dec. 31. Those who can afford to pledge between $1,000 and $15,000 annually to join the hall’s Donor Circle will be able to buy “premium” balcony tickets and VIP packages, and to bypass the member pre-sale.

Information on how to become a member is available by phone at (216) 515-8425, and email. Information on joining the Donor Circle is available by phone at (216) 515-1222, or email: mischay@rockhall.org.

2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees

Def Leppard (Rick Allen, Vivian Campbell, Phil Collen, Steve Clark, Joe Elliott, Rick Savage, Pete Willis)

Devo (Bob Casale, Gerald Casale, Bob Mothersbaugh, Mark Mothersbaugh, Alan Myers)

Janet Jackson

John Prine

Kraftwerk (Karl Bartos, Wolfgang Flür, Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider)

LL Cool J

MC5 (Wayne Kramer, Fred "Sonic" Smith, Rob Tyner, Michael Davis, Dennis Thompson)

Radiohead

Rage Against The Machine (Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk)

Roxy Music (Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera, Eddie Jobson, Paul Thompson)

Stevie Nicks

The Cure (Robert Smith, Porl Thompson, Perry Bamonte, Michael Dempsey, Simon Gallup, Lol Tolhurst, Boris Williams, Jason Cooper, Roger O’Donnell)

Todd Rundgren

Rufus & Chaka Khan (Dennis Belfield, Al Ciner, Andre Fischer, Chaka Khan, Tony Maiden, Nate Morgan, Kevin Murphy, Ron Stockert, Bobby Watson)

The Zombies (Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Paul Atkinson, Hugh Grundy, Chris White)

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