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Rock Hall of Fame’s 15 Biggest Snubs: Artists Who Should Have Been Nominated

Now that the list of nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame‘s class of 2018 is out, the griping over who got left out can begin. You can see some of the acts that we would have suggested in the gallery above.

Here at Diffuser, we’re not the least bit upset at the thought of Radiohead or Rage Against the Machine getting recognized. Even if Radiohead is indifferent to the idea, those groups’ track records speak for themselves. We’re particularly delighted that Depeche Mode is up again (we covered the reasons for their inclusion last year), Eurythmics was a pleasant surprise and anything that puts Kate Bush‘s catalog back in the public eye is a good thing. And maybe this is the finally the year for the Cars after having been on the ballot for the past two cycles.

But we had thought Soundgarden was a lock, even if it would have been a Pyrrhic victory in the wake of Chris Cornell‘s death this past May, and we can’t understand what’s kept Nine Inch Nails away from the purview of the nominating committee. Plus. given how much the Hall loves to milk the possibility of a high-profile reunion for ratings of the HBO special, you’d think that the Smiths would have already been in by now. But they’ve only been nominated once, in 2014.

We also see issues in some of the genres we don’t usually cover. For the Moody Blues to be this year’s token progressive band at the expense of the much cooler King Crimson makes no sense to us. Despite their qualities, having more blues-based acts like the J. Geils Band or Dire Straits is a thumb in the nose to the sonic innovations and widespread influence of Roxy Music or Pixies.

Click above to read about them and other bands that should have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Next: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Worst Snubs

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