Radiohead, Kate Bush, and Nina Simone are among the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees.

The 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Include Radiohead, Kate Bush, and Rage Against the Machine

The 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Include Radiohead, Kate Bush, and Rage Against the Machine

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Oct. 5 2017 9:33 AM

The 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Include Radiohead, Kate Bush, and Rage Against the Machine

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Radiohead at the TRNSMT music Festival in 2017.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for the 2018 class, and the shortlist injects a lot of new blood into the mix. Of the 19 performers singled out this year, nine of them are first-time nominees, including Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine (both eligible for the first time this year), Kate Bush (eligible since 2003), and Sister Rosetta Tharpe (eligible since 1963).

In the past, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been criticized for being too male (in 2016, not a single woman was inducted) and too old-fashioned in its preference for classic rock acts, but here we have a fairly eclectic bunch—jazz legend Nina Simone, electronic artists like Eurythmics and Depeche Mode. The list never pleases everyone, of course, though the absence of Soundgarden and Husker Du in the wake of Chris Cornell and Grant Hart’s deaths earlier this year will apparently hit some fans pretty hard, justifiably or no. And the absence of Chic—after a record 11 previous nominations—suggests there will continue to be a long wait for the foreseeable future, especially considering that, somewhat oddly, Chic co-founder Nile Rodgers finally found his way in as a solo artist with the Award for Musical Excellence earlier this year. (Then again, that entire group of inductees was pretty weird.)

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Check out the full list of nominees below:

Bon Jovi

Kate Bush

The Cars

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Depeche Mode

Dire Straits

Eurythmics

The J. Geils Band

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Judas Priest

LL Cool J

MC5

The Meters

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The Moody Blues

Radiohead

Rage Against the Machine

Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

Nina Simone

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Link Wray

The Zombies

Aisha Harris is a Slate culture writer and host of the Slate podcast Represent.