If you didn’t already believe that John Prine has been enjoying what now can only be described as a historic resurgence in popularity, try this news on for size. Tuesday morning (10/9), the annual nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame were announced, and none other than John Prine is on the list.
The nomination comes as John Prine set historic numbers for the release of his 2018 album The Tree of Forgiveness—his first album of original material in 13 years. He also won the Americana Artist of the Year for the second year in a row in September, as well as BMI’s Troubadour Award, and has been enjoying a resurgence in popularity as younger artists embrace him as a songwriting pioneer and legend.
Though often more associated with country than rock & roll, Prine’s influence and songwriting credits most certainly range into the rock world as well, with Bob Dylan, the members of Pink Floyd, and many more current Rock & Roll Hall of Famers singing the praises of Prine as a primary influence. Hank Williams and Johnny Cash are also Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members, and Johnny Cash was also a major proponent of Prine. To be eligible for nomination to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, an artist or band must have released their first commercial recording 25 years prior to the year of nomination.
2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees:
LL Cool J
Rage Against the Machine
Rufus & Chaka Khan
From here, the nomination process moves to ballots sent to an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry. This isn’t just about popularity, which would put Prine at a disadvantage to some of the superstars on the nominee list. An artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are all taken into consideration.
Fans can also participate in the induction selection process by visiting rockhall.com to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving nominee. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2019 inductees. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.
Inductees are set to be announced in December 2018, with the induction ceremony to be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on March 29, 2019. HBO will broadcast the ceremony in 2019, and SiriusXM will also carry a radio simulcast, along with specials leading up to the ceremony on Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio (Ch. 310). Ticket on-sale information will be announced in January.