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Bon Jovi, Nina Simone enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Bon Jovi, Nina Simone enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”

Tharpe, who won the Early Influencer award, seemed to confuse some Twitter users.

Bon Jovi was thankful for getting in.

The 33rd annual induction ceremony will take place April 14 in Cleveland and will have its television premiere on HBO, as well as a radio broadcast on SiriusXM.

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For the the last decade, it's been a point of contention in the New Jersey music world: does Bon Jovi deserve a spot in the vaunted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Often oblivious to modern sounds, diverse genres, and the inclusion of women artists, the Hall of Fame tends to favor white guy boomer rock bands.

They include Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and The Cars. The top five artists from the fan vote comprised the fans' ballot that was tallied alongside the other ballots to determine the 2018 inductees.

Simone, who died in 2003, was an iconic singer, pianist, songwriter and also known for her work during the Civil Rights movement, which included the release of protest songs like "Mississippi, Goddam". While many felt the recognition was long overdue considering the influence the "I Put a Spell on You" musician has always been for many rock musicians, some questioned the decision, since Nina Simone (who passed away in 2003) was a jazz and soul singer. Her career was recently highlighted in the popular documentary, "What Happened, Miss Simone?".

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Led by Mark Knopfler, the group emerged from Britain's so-called pub rock scene of the 1970s, which emphasized blues roots and no-frills musicianship in an era of angry punks and flamboyant glam bands.

There were some people disappointed that Dire Straits got into the Hall. Notably, four of the honorees were nominated for the first time ever this year: The Moodies, Dire Straits, Simone and Tharpe. Richie is estranged from the group, but admitted when the Hall of Fame nominations came out in October that he would totally be down to join them if Bon Jovi made it in.

The members of English rock group The Moody Blues - including drummer Graeme Edge, a longtime Bradenton resident - rank among the class of 2018 inductees, the organization announced Wednesday.

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