Dionne Warwick among Rock Hall nominees again; Eminem, Carly Simon also on list



Dionne Warwick, in an ’80s publicity photo.

For the second year in a row, Dionne Warwick represents New Jersey among the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Announced today, the list of contenders also includes Eminem, Carly Simon, Pat Benatar, Devo, Eurythmics, A Tribe Called Quest, Rage Against the Machine, Duran Duran, MC5, Fela Kuti, Beck, New York Dolls, Kate Bush, Judas Priest, Dolly Parton and Lionel Richie.

Fans can vote for their five choices daily at vote.rockhall.com/en but don’t expect that to really make a difference.

Warwick, the East Orange native who had a long string of hits from the ’60s to the ’80s, has been eligible since 1989 but wasn’t even nominated until last year.

I would like to repeat here my annual complaints that Willie Nelson should be in the hall, and Frank Sinatra should be inducted as an early influence.

Also among those not nominated: Jethro Tull, Mariah Carey, King Crimson, Tommy James, Warren Zevon, Alanis Morissette, The Monkees, Outkast, J. Geils Band, Jimmy Buffett, The B-52s, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, George Michael, The Replacements, The Smiths, Sonic Youth, INXS, Cher, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Chubby Checker, Smashing Pumpkins, Daft Punk, Kool & the Gang, the Dave Matthews Band, Three Dog Night and Brian Eno.

The date and location of this year’s induction ceremony has not been announced yet.

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