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Hall of Fame announces 19 nominees


The prayer that Bon Jovi has been livin' on may soon be answered. The New Jersey band has been nominated a second time for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, one of 19 acts eligible for induction in 2018.

The eclectic list also includes first-time nominees Dire Straits, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, and the Moody Blues as well as artists ranging from chanteuse and Civil Rights activist Nina Simone to 1990s arena acts Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine.

The Zombies, the Rod Argent-led British band that racked up three Top 10 hits in the 1960s—"She's Not There," "Tell Her No" and "Time of the Season"—are back on the ballot for a third time.

Also eligible again are the classic 1970s acts the Cars, J. Geils Band, and Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.

Rounding out the nominations: Kate Bush, Depeche Mode, Link Wray, LL Cool J, MC5, the Meters and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Music fans can vote daily until December 5 for up to five nominees on the Hall of Fame's website. The top five picks will constitute a fan's ballot that will help decide the honorees, along with votes by more than 800 artists and music industry executives and historians.

The winners will be announced in December and officially inducted April 14, 2018, at a ceremony in Cleveland's Public Hall. HBO will broadcast the festivities.

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