Soundgarden Lose Big To George Michael At Rock Hall of Fame


English singer-songwriter George Michael recently won the fan vote for the 2023 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame list of nominees.

The list of nominees for 2023 was announced in February, with the late pop star and Wham! singer joined by Kate Bush, Missy Elliott, Cyndi Lauper, Rage Against The Machine and The White Stripes for potential induction this year.

Joining them on the list of nominees are Iron Maiden, Soundgarden, Sheryl Crow, Warren Zevon, A Tribe Called Quest, Willie Nelson and The Spinners. Meanwhile, Joy Division and New Order have been packaged together for their first nomination.

The annual fan vote allows fans to vote once per day for their favorite nominee online or in person at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

Michael won the vote with over a million votes, followed in second place by Cyndi Lauper (928,113 votes), with Warren Zevon (634,130), Iron Maiden (449,682) and Soundgarden (427,040) following up.

It has been noted that the fan vote victory isn’t a confirmation of Michael’s induction this year, but all but one of the five previous fan vote winners have gone on to be inducted into the prestigious group. The inductees are to be announced on Wednesday (May 3).

Most of this year’s shortlisted artists have not previously been nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Rage Against The Machine have been nominated the most tines (now on their fifth nomination), while Kate Bush is on her fourth. Soundgarden, Iron Maiden, A Tribe Called Quest and The Spinners are all on their second nomination.

Meanwhile, Missy Elliott and The White Stripes have been nominated in their first year of eligibility. Artists become eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their debut album.