What about now: Rock Hall nominees exclude Bon Jovi again


Quick now:  what do Nirvana, Kiss, Linda Rondstadt, Deep Purple, Hall & Oates, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Peter Gabriel, L.L. Cool J, The Meters, NWA, Cat Stevens, Link Wray, Yes and The Zombies all have in common?

They mark the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame nominating class for 2014 induction, marking the second consecutive year that New Jersey rock behemoth Bon Jovi is ignored.


Despite nearly four decades of musical relevance with a global fan base that touches every corner of the earth,  Bon Jovi is the band that critics love to hate.

Put another way, the music industry treats Bon Jovi a lot like that special someone that was good enough to date, but not good enough to marry.

Any way you slice it, for loyal fans it’s nothing less than a kick in the teeth for the prolific maestros of the global rock hop.

According to the Rock Hall of Fame web site:

“One of the Foundation’s many functions is to recognize the contributions of those who have had a significant impact on the evolution, development and perpetuation of rock and roll by inducting them into the Hall of Fame.”

hof2Clearly Bon Jovi’s achievements merit the respect of nomination, let alone election to the vaunted Hall, but inexplicably for the second consecutive year the band couldn’t get nominated.

Hey Rock Hall, nothing listed below is considered ‘significant impact’?! Give us a break!

  • The band sold 100 million records 11 years sooner than Bruce Springsteen and The Boss is in the Hall.
  •  Acts that have sold less records have been inducted: Bob Seger, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Black Sabbath.
  •  In addition to helping put MTV music videos on the map, Bon Jovi’s ‘Slippery When Wet’ holds the record for Most Weeks At Number One For A Rock Album with 8.  A feat not accomplished by inductees ABBA, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, David Bowie, Tom Petty or Elton John.
  • By 2009 ‘Slippery’ had become one of the best selling records of all time with global sales exceeding 25 million copies.
  •  ‘New Jersey’ followed ‘Slippery’ and proved the band was not a faddish hair band by spending four weeks at Number One, selling 7 million copies, and most impressively, spawning 5 Top Ten singles on one album for which the band still holds the record:‘Bad Medicine’, ‘I’ll Be There For You’, ‘Born To Be My Baby’, ‘Lay Your Hands On Me’, and ‘Living In Sin’.

These are just a few of Bon Jovi’s bona fides justifying at a minimum their nomination for consideration to the Rock Hall of Fame.


One wonders what it’s going to take to get the band some respect from the critics to go along with rabid fan loyalty and appreciation?

For example, the late Bruce Springsteen saxophonist Clarence Clemons was rarely hailed as a ‘great’ saxophonist… until he died.

The beloved Big Man was known more for his iconic presence onstage with The Boss than his musicianship; but when he died of a stroke suddenly he was crowned ‘one of the greats’.

Is it going to take a loss of this magnitude before the critics wake up and appreciate all that Bon Jovi has contributed to rock?

Maybe like Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons someone will have to write and score a play like ‘Jersey Boys’ to tell their story to introduce their music to an entirely new generation who leave the play saying, ‘Wow, I had NO idea how incredible those guys were!”?


The Rock Hall has traditionally voted for the inductees via their voting body of nearly 600 artists, music industry professionals, and historians. This year for the second time since the inaugural 1986 ceremony, the fans will be able to impact the induction choices.

As reported in USA Today:

“For a second year, the public will be given a chance to participate in the selection process, and can cast votes through Dec. 10 at USA TODAY, Rolling Stone, and the official Rock Hall site.The top five artists, as selected by the masses, will make up a fans’ ballot, a single vote in choosing the 2014 inductees.”

The performers garnering the most votes will be inducted April 10th in New York, with HBO airing the induction gala at a later date.

According to Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, “There have been times that something has come down to one vote”.

“One vote can carry pretty great weight. We wanted to give people a small voice in the process as opposed to just an opinion on a website. We’ll see how it goes. If everyone’s comfortable with it, it could be expanded”, he said.

The best type of ‘expansion’ Mr. Peresman could provide would be to allow the fans to have a say in the nominating process, AND the inductee selection process.

With 23 million fans and counting on Facebook and countless millions around the world, there is little doubt that a JoviNation fan movement would mobilize to get Bon Jovi the respect and reward that is long overdue and so richly deserved.

Be sure to find Glenn Osrin on Facebook and on twitter @wizardofosrin

9 Responses to “What about now: Rock Hall nominees exclude Bon Jovi again”

  1. you know i heard something on the news today but i was trying to talk with atc while piloting , i thought it was odd that i didnt hear there mane but then i thought i just missed it or something but now reading this , i guess not . thanks for your insite and bringing it to my attention , well all i can say it they have there heads stuck up there ***

  2. I really hope to see Bon Jovi inducted into the rock & roll hall of fame. I wonder if all the drama since April has had any effect on them not getting nominated.

    • Mary-Ann I definitely think that they had a shot to a) play the Super Bowl this year and b) get nominated again but it’s hard to take a band seriously when your lead guitarist quits at the beginning of a tour to go promote his fashion clothing line.

  3. so this separate vote by the fans means we can vote for someone who is not already nominated???????

  4. Lisa Zaikarite Says:

    This is such BS!! Guns and Roses are inducted and not BonJovi? They always have the top grossing tour when they tour and that is every couple of years. Their music has evolved with age which is why their fans are so loyal. They have a way of making 100,000 people feel like they are in a small pub. This has nothing to do with Ritchie Sambora backing out of the tour. Critics just love to hate them. It’s all politics and I for one don’t follow who is in or out just because it all seems to be based on favorites. Bonjovi will always be #1 to me!!!

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