Ozzy's Group Makes Cut, Despite Ozzy
Ozzy Osbourne could end up in Cleveland, even though he doesn’t want to.
So could the Clash, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, and The Police — given that they are among the first-time nominees on the 2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot, reports the Associated Press. (The Rock Hall is located in the Ohio city.)
Inductees will likely be named in December, followed by a spring ceremony in New York.
All told, 15 names make up the nominee list for the hall’s 18th annual induction. Other artists eligible include Swedish pop sensations ABBA, seminal disco musicians Chic and the German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk.
Longtime nominees Black Sabbath, whose lead singer Osbourne, 53, became TV’s favorite father last season, are also back on the ballot — for the sixth time. This comes in spite of Osbourne’s writing the hall’s board of directors and demanding that the band not be included. (Ozzy was upset that the honor was not voted on by fans.)
The Sex Pistols also made the cut, after failing to be voted in last year. This means that the hall could at last acknowledge the British punk rock generation after two American acts, the Ramones and Talking Heads, were inducted this year.
Other nominees include Australian rockers AC/DC, R&B veterans the Dells, revolutionary Detroit rockers MC5, the soulful Righteous Brothers, the Patti Smith Group, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Steve Winwood.
Artists are eligible to become inductees after the passage of at least 25 years since their first record was released.