"Musicians, industry professionals and journalists" will vote on the following nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and although I marginally qualify as all three, I was not invited to participate. Yet here are my votes, from most to least deserving:
Blondie - Debbie Harry is phenomenal and the versatile band maintained credibility shifting from punk to disco, rap to reggae.
Black Sabbath - Because AC/DC's in there (and they should be), these guys are a no-doubter.
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Turn it up.
The Sex Pistols - I hate them and think they're overrated. But there's no doubt about their influence and their place in this hall of fame.
John Mellencamp - Not a huge fan of him, but an excellent storyteller. His Middle America anthems appeal to Blue Staters, too.
Cat Stevens - Extremely annoying and politically frustrating, but prolific and among the best of the folk-rock singer-songwriters.
Miles Davis - First-ballot Jazz Hall of Fame. But does he really "rock"?
Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five - First-ballot Rap Hall of Fame. Same question as Miles Davis.
J. Geils Band - (to the chorus melody of "Centerfold") Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-NO.
Stooges - I've heard of them, but know nothing about them. So they'll have to pay for my ignorance.
Chic - Awww, freak out! Nice try. Oh, wait, they're really nominated?
The Patti Smith Group - Meh.
Dave Clark Five - Who?
Joe Tex - Who?
Sir Douglas Quintet - No, really. Who?