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Classic Artists Still Not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

These stars are still waiting for the induction call

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Duran Duran - 1982

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Each spring, the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame honors artists who have helped shape the legacy of popular music — and frustrates fans whose favorites didn’t make the cut. Musicians become eligible 25 years after their first album release, according to the official rules, provided they “have demonstrated unquestionable musical excellence.” The subjectivity of this last line has fueled debate since the first class was named in 1986. The induction committee has evolved with time to embrace a wider spectrum of music, including hip-hop and heavy metal, but the abundance of truly talented musicians has led to a long Rock Hall waiting list. Let’s take a look at some worthwhile artists who are still waiting for their call.

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Whitney Houston

Eligible since: 2010
Argument for induction: The prematurely departed queen diva of contemporary R&B came from superlative pedigree − her mom is Grammy-winning gospel singer Cissy Houston − but distinguished herself immediately with 1985's Whitney Houston and on through 1990's L.A. Reid/Babyface-produced soul-pop classic I'm Your Baby Tonight both of which sold in the multi-millions. But Whitney Houston's preternatural vocal range was displayed most timelessly on her 1992 cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" and during an unforgettable "The Star-Spangled Banner" to kick off 1991's Super Bowl during Operation Desert Storm. 


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