Tupac And Janet Jackson Just Got Nominated For The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Tupac could become the first solo rapper in the Rock Hall’s history

Tupac could be the next rap superstar to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Ohio museum announced its 2017 nominees on Tuesday (October 18), and Tupac Shakur leads the list alongside Janet Jackson, Pearl Jam, and Depeche Mode.

Hardcore punk pioneers Bad Brains are also up for the honor, as well as the electronic band Kraftwerk.

Electric Light Orchestra, Jane's Addiction, Journey, The Cars, The Zombies, Chaka Khan, Chic, J. Geils Band, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, MC5, and Steppenwolf make up the rest of the nominee list.

If Tupac earns enough votes to be inducted, he'd be the sixth hip-hop artist to be honored in the Rock Hall, following in the footsteps of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-D.M.C., Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, and N.W.A. He would also become the first solo rapper in the Hall of Fame.

Artists become eligible for the Rock Hall 25 years after they release their first album or single. Pearl Jam and Tupac both debuted in 1991, so this is the first year they had a chance at induction.

The Rock Hall will hold its induction ceremony next April at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. In addition to the votes from the traditional voting committee, fans can place votes with crowdsourced fan ballots via Rolling Stone.

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