Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Joan Baez made it in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, along with Nile Rodgers and Yes.
For Yes, the third time proved to be the charm for the prog-rock pioneers. Drummer Alan White told Billboard.com:
“It’s a great pleasure to be recognized for something you’ve been doing all your life and get recognition in the industry for the amount of work you’ve put in and to have done something that changed the course of history. Yes has always been the kind of band that really didn’t adhere to what the music business was telling us. It seems people still love enjoying Yes music.”
This year’s list of nominees into the Rock Hall also included Chic, Depeche Mode, Janet Jackson, Bad Brains, Kraftwerk, Jane’s Addiction, MC5, Chaka Khan, the Zombies, and the Cars. While Chic were not inducted this year, Nile Rodgers has been given the Award for Musical Excellence. The 2017 induction ceremony will take place on April 7th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
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