Really , I think the people who started this whole idea got it wrong.
They are making a museum of stuff "related to" and " almost like" Rock music.
But , I hate that people believe the Rock term means " all music that came after Elvis."
It is not. Jazz is still Jazz, it has been fused with Rock. And sometimes with very nice results. This means artists like Steely Dan and Chicago who successfully merged the two are legit Hall Of Famers. But artists who are pure Jazz shouldn't be in there, although they may be giants of their own genre.
I can even throw stones at artist I love. Talking Heads and Joni Mitchell , one is Rock , one is Folk. Neither is more prolific or more "Rock" than Deep Purple or Uriah Heep. How is that Heavy Metal and harder rock bands keep getting shafted. How is a band like the Sex Pistols ( another band I am fond of) in the Hall and a creative, prolific and pioneering ( albeit not very well known ) band such as Wishbone Ash neglected? Wishbone Ash was a pioneer on the twin lead guitar style that would be used by Thin Lizzy, Judas Preist and the Scorpions.
How about Red Hot Chili Peppers.....great group....but why are they in when so many Heavy Metal acts are ignored? Heavy Metal is a major genre of Rock, so many were extremely popular so few are being recognized. How do have three Punk bands and only ones Heavy Metal band in a Hall Of Fame?...and yet you have such minimal artists as Laura Nyro and Randy Newman?...look at their output versus a band like Thin Lizzy or Iron Maiden.
Totally ridiculous that they think all of Heavy metal can be represented by Black Sabbath. There were lots of Punk bands better than the Stooges. Sure, Iggy Pop recorded many solo LPs and is legendary...but it's The Stooges that are inductees....totally dumb. Sex Pistols had only one LP. The Stranglers have many....and are way more talented.
Am I getting through to anyone as to why this whole Hall Of Fame business is a total misnomer? It was never meant to honor Rock And Roll, it was created to honor popular music.
'Cause just like the MLB All Star game. it's not about who deserves it, it's about who is popular with the people who decide....and the people who decide are either uninformed, biased or just plain stupid.