We all have our favorite nominees, but only a select group of artists will make it into the Rock Hall’s Class 2014’s performer category.
So, put on your thinking turban and channel your inner Carnac The Magnificent to predict which of this year’s nominees will actually make the cut to join the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in the performer category.
Submit your guesses below in the comments section, in the order of likelihood for induction (with 1 being “most likely” and 16 being “least likely”) or submit them via e-mail to email@example.com, subject line Rock Hall 2014 Predictions. We’ll publish the name of the guesser(s) with the most right answers in our 2014 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame special issue, so they can have bragging rights all year long.
The nominees for the Rock Hall’s 2014 class of performers are: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Chic; Deep Purple; Peter Gabriel; Hall & Oates; KISS; LL Cool J; The Meters; Nirvana; N.W.A.; The Replacements; Linda Ronstadt; Cat Stevens; Link Wray; Yes and The Zombies.
For those of you who wish to incorporate math into your guesses, here’s a look at the Rock Hall, by the numbers, according to information posted at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame’s website (www.rockhall.com).
• The number of acts inducted via the performer designation (which is exclusive of lifetime achievement, early influence, sidemen or other honors) has varied throughout the Hall of Fame’s 28-year history, from a love of five acts (added in 1988-89, 2003 and 2006-2011) to a high of 15 acts (1987).
• The average number of performer acts inducted per year is 6.89, which is very close to the median number of inductees, which is 6.5.
• The ratio of solo artists to groups inducted into the performer category is 91 solo artists to 102 acts consisting of two or more members.
• 18 artists have been included in the Rock Hall more than once. Of those, Eric Clapton is the only one who has been inducted three times: two as a group member (Yardbirds and Cream) and once as a solo artist.
• Stephen Stills holds the distinct honor of being inducted twice in one year (1997) for his work in the groups Crosby, Stills and Nash and Buffalo Springfield.
• 7 artists have been inducted only for their work in groups (vs. a group plus a solo effort). They are: David Crosby (The Byrds plus Crosby, Stills and Nash); Jimmy Page (The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin); Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills and Nash); Graham Nash (The Hollies and Crosby, Stills and Nash); John Carter (The Dells and The Flamingos); Sammy Strain (The O’Jays and Llittle Anthony and The Imperials); and Ron Wood (The Rolling Stones and The Small Faces/Faces).
• A total of 702 people have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame across all categories, as of the class of 2013.