Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voters have about a month left to get their ballots in to determine the 2023 induction. With this year’s diverse field of nominees, it’s truly anyone’s guess what the 2023 class could look like.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s voting body comprises various artists, historians, and music industry professionals. Additionally, all previous inductees are voters for future classes after they’re inducted.
To get at least one perspective, I spoke with a Rock Hall voter I’ve known for a number of years and who’s been a voter since the 2018 class. An industry professional for 25 years, they have worked for a variety of brands and outlets. When considering their ballot, they base their voting on what they call the “Tom Morello criteria,” which the Rage Against the Machine guitarist explained when he inducted KISS in 2014.
“Impact, influence and awesomeness. ‘Awesomeness’ is obviously subjective,” said the Rock Hall voter. “Influence has always been my biggest factor, and impact figures in as well. But I’m a believer that huge sales are their own reward: just because an artist sold millions of records and played stadiums doesn’t mean they’d get my vote.”
The Rock Hall voter noted, “This is definitely the most difficult ballot I’ve experienced. Every year, there are two or three artists that I easily identify as someone I definitely wouldn’t vote for. This year, there are none of those.”
They added, “I really hope that all of these acts eventually get in. I had to make some really tough choices, including not voting for some of my favorite bands.”
Without further ado, let’s walk through our anonymous Rock Hall voter’s ballot and see why they did and didn’t vote for certain artists.