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  (c)rock Hall Class of 2002


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It’s official the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2002 will include The Ramones, Talking Heads, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Isaac Hayes, Brenda Lee and Gene Pitney.  

The latest crop of honorees will be inducted during a televised ceremony in New York City on March 20th.  

Nominees who didn’t make the cut this year included AC/DC, Black Sabbath, The Sex Pistols and Jackson Browne. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first album, inductees are artists "who have had a significant impact over the evolution, development and perpetuation of rock and roll."  It is arguable whether Brenda Lee has had a more “significant impact over the evolution, development and perpetuation of rock and roll” than Black Sabbath, The Sex Pistols or AC/DC.  

Each year a ballot of artists is drawn up of eligible artists and sent out to approximately 1000 “rock experts” who then cast their votes for who will be inducted the following year. 

Since it’s inception in 1986, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has come under fire from fans and artists for their continued biased against hard rock bands. In September 2000 Black Sabbath frontman, Ozzy Osbourne, blasted the Rock Hall telling them to remove Black Sabbath’s name from the ballot and not surprisingly the Godfathers of Metal were once again snubbed by the Rock Hall again this year. 
 

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