Those five groups will lead 2003’s class at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. We thought for sure Ozzy Osbourne joining the “cool popular people” social group this past year would have helped him win votes for his original band Black Sabbath, but it looks like the aging hippies and other industry stuff shirts who vote for the crock Hall like to hang out with Ozzy and milk his fame for all it’s worth but they don’t want him crashing their party.
All joking aside, Black Sabbath (passed over 6 times), Lynyrd Skynyrd (passed over 4 times), and the Sex Pistols (passed over 2 times) along with first time nominees ABBA, Chic, MC5, Kraftwerk, the Patti Smith Group and Steve Winwood will not be taking the stage to accept their induction awards in March at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York during the most un rock n roll “black tie” induction ceremony.
The class of 2003 is one of the smallest groups ever to be inducted, with the exception of 1988 when 5 artist were also inducted, typically 6 to 8 artist are inducted each year.
Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first commercial recording. With the exception of AC/DC, who were finally inducted on the third try, all of the class of 2003 artists who made the cut were on the ballot for the first time this year.