The nominations for the 2017 Rock Hall of Fame inductees have been announced: first time nominees Journey, Pearl Jam, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, and Tupac Shakur are joined by three-time nominee Yes.
The ceremony will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 7, and will be streamed by SiriusXM and filmed to be featured on HBO.
Yes drummer shared his reaction to the news with Billboard: "It's totally exciting. It's a great pleasure to be recognized for something you've been doing all your life and get recognition in the industry for the amount of work you've put in and to have done something that changed the course of history, I guess, over time."
Joan Baez also released a statement to The Hollywood Reporterin light of the honor: "I never considered myself to be a rock and roll artist. But as part of the folk music boom which contributed to and influenced the rock revolution of the 60's, I am proud that some of the songs I sang made their way into the rock lexicon. I very much appreciate this honor and acknowledgement by the Hall of Fame."
To be considered for the Rock Hall of Fame, 25 years must have passed since a musical group's first recording. Others considered this year were Chic, Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Depeche Mode, Jane's Addiction, the J. Geils Band, Janet Jackson, Joe Tex, Kraftwerk, MC5, Steppenwolf, The Cars, and The Zombies.