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Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode nominated for Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame

Big name rockers like Jane’s Addiction and Pearl Jam have been nominated for the 2017 Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame induction, but some electronic music artists have also made the cut. German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk and synthpop innovators Depeche Mode were included in the nominee list. A total of 18 artists were nominated this year, including Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Journey, MC5, Steppenwolf, Yes and Tupac Shakur.

The winners will be announced in December and inducted in April at an award night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The ceremony will be later broadcast on HBO. As in the past five years, fans will get the chance to votes alongside the 800 artists and industry figures that make up the main voting body. If you want to have your say, cast a vote at https://www.rockhall.com/vote.

When exactly were Kraftwerk rock ‘n’ roll?


Kraftwerk released a trio of now-obscure experimental rock albums in the early 70s. They finally found commercial and critical success with their fourth album, Autobahn, in 1974. Suffice to say that it's unlikely the rock-era albums inspired the nomination, despite the title of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame. Their albums from 1974 onwards were massively influential throughout electronic music, pop and beyond. The Düsseldorf act have been nominated for the hall of fame before, but hopefully 2017 will be their year.

The news comes at an opportune time for the German group, who announced their first UK tour in 13 years last month. Kraftwerk will play a run of eight Belgian dates in May 2017 before playing shows in Ireland, Scotland and England the following month.

Depeche Mode nomination comes on back of DVD and studio album announcement


Depeche Mode are another left of field nomination to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame. The English group pioneered new wave and electronic sounds in a pop format which saw them topping charts worldwide from the early '80s onwards. Unlike Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode are still creatively active. Their 14th studio album Spirit is expected to arrive in spring 2017, while their three-disc Video Singles Collection is due out next month. We recently covered the unearthing of rare early live recordings of the band from 1981 here.

The full list of 2017 Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame nominees includes Bad Brains, The Cars, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane’s Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, MC5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, Tupac Shakur, Yes and The Zombies.

Who do you think deserves to make the cut this time around?