The list of the nominees is up. They are:
- The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – an extremely important group (okay, my piano teacher was the original keyboard player, left before their first album) but more for their live performances and their abilities; their albums were mostly just okay.
- Chic – I never listened to much disco and haven’t felt the urge to go back to check what I might have missed, though I recognize Nile Rodgers’ importance.
- Deep Purple – I suppose they belong. I had no use for them after around ’73 or so.
- Heart – Again, they had 2, maybe 3 good albums in them and then yawn.
- Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – Really? Okay.
- Albert King – As influential a guitarist as they come, I’m so happy that I got to see him in concert one time.
- Kraftwerk – What? They’re not already in? They should be a shoo-in this year.
- The Marvelettes – Pretty much every other Motown group has made it in; these gals were good but pretty much second-stringers.
- The Meters – Intensely good, intensely influential, steamy New Orleans funksters.
- Randy Newman – How is he not in already? One of the greatest songwriters of the past 50 years, though I suppose his voice remains an acquired taste.
- NWA – Well, yes, of course, one of the top 5 hip-hop acts of all time.
- Procol Harum – To my way of thinking, each of their first four albums was better than the previous one, then they dropped off a cliff when Robin Trower (lead guitarist who didn’t sing and hardly ever wrote) left the group. Most people can’t name any song they did after Whiter Shade of Pale but there were some good ones.
- Public Enemy – I guess this is hip-hop’s year and P.E.’s It Takes a Nation of Millions always scores high with white critics. I stopped listening to them after their DJ started making anti-Semitic remarks.
- Rush – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to like them. I simply can’t do it.
- Donna Summer – A relatively brief portion of her career in the spotlight but I think she deserves it.
Apparently starting this year one of the spots is reserved for fan voting. Not sure this is a good thing.