After the nominees for the 2023 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced this week, our resident music guru Hardy decided to fill out a ballot of his picks for who he’d pick on his ballot!

  • Considering the new mission statement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…

    “Born from the collision of rhythm & blues, country, and gospel, rock & roll is a spirit that is inclusive and ever-changing. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates the sound of youth culture and honors the artists whose music connects us all. We share stories of the people, events, and songs that shape our world through digital content, innovative exhibits, live music, engaging programs, and our annual Induction Ceremony.”

    …Here’s who I would admit from this year’s nominees:

  • Sheryl Crow


    Sheryl Crow opens for Chris Stapleton at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater during Summerfest on Sept. 9, 2021.


    “Big hits, writes her own songs, great performer.”

  • Iron Maiden



    “… or at least Eddie, the mascot, should be in.”

  • George Michael


    Aug 12, 2012; London, United Kingdom; George Michael performs during the Closing Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


    “Iconic songs, another great performer… fringe, but what the hell, I’ll put him in”

  • Willie Nelson


    Willie Nelson, who in Nashville to host The Nashville Network’s “Nashville Now” cable TV show, gives an interview before taping begin at the network studio Nov. 19, 1992. Nelson announced that Farm Aid VI will take place April 24 in Ames, Iowa, at the 70,000-seat Cyclone Stadium.
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    “One of my favorite artists ever, and as ridiculous as it is to put him in the “Rock and Roll” Hall of Fame, well… New mission statement, new rules.”

  • Rage Against the Machine


    Jul 24, 1999; Rome, New York, USA; Rage Against the Machine perform Saturday night at Woodstock ’99 at Griffiss Park in Rome, NY. From left are bassist Tim Commerford and lead singer Zack de la Rocha and guitarist Tom Morello. Mandatory Credit: Eileen Blass-USA TODAY NETWORK


    “Rock and roll should have an element of danger to it, and these guys fit the bill better than anyone on the list”

  • Soundgarden


    Ziggy Marley and Toni Cornell perform at the “I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell” honoring the late Soundgarden singer at The Forum in Inglewood, CA on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
    Chris Cornell Tribute Concert


    “Best of the grunge bands, best of the bands on this list”

  • Warren Zevon


    “Should’ve been in a long time ago.”

  • And as for the rest...


    Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Recording artist Missy Elliott performs during the half time show in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports


    “Sorry to Kate Bush, Missy Elliot, Cyndi Lauper, The Spinners and The White Stripes…Maybe next year. And really sorry to Joy Division/New Order and A Tribe Called Quest. Not next year, not any year.”

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