Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Fan Vote Winners Announced
The voting has been completed in the 2023 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fan vote. It appears that George Michael and Cyndi Lauper will be headed to the hall.
If it were up to me, every one of this year’s nominees would be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but that’s not how it works.
The votes are in, and the fans want George Michael in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. George, who passed away on Christmas Day in 2016, topped the Hall’s 2023 fan vote, as the only artist with more than a million votes in the online poll. Cyndi Lauper, Warren Zevon, Iron Maiden, and Soundgarden round out the top five.
George Michael and Cyndi Lauper played a huge part in the soundtrack of the lives of those of us who grew up in the eighties. Both of them have had an enormous impact on the music scene and pop culture. George, was huge during his time with Andrew Ridgely and Wham, followed by his legendary solo career. Cyndi Lauper’s Grammy-winning albums, the aptly titled “She’s So Unusual” and “True Colors” exploded on radio stations everywhere including Magic 98.3 back in the mid-eighties.
The others finishing in the top five are Warren Zevon, Iron Maiden, and Soundgarden.
Winning the Fan Vote doesn’t necessarily mean George will be inducted into the Hall. The top five artists will be listed on a ‘Fan Ballot’ that gets counted along with thousands of other official ballots. The official 2023 HOF inductees will be announced later this month.
Additional nominees this year include Sheryl Crow, The Spinners, Rage Against the Machine, Joy Division + New Order, The White Stripes, Missy Elliott, A Tribe Called Quest, Willie Nelson , and Kate Bush. Kate has been enjoying a resurgence since her song, “Running Up That Hill” was featured in “Stranger Things,” which most likely helped her grab a few extra fan votes.
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