19 nominees, including Bon Jovi and Nina Simone, are up for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next spring.
ASBURY PARK, N.J. — One million Bon Jovi fans can’t be wrong.
Bon Jovi received the most support in fan voting for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 with 1,162,146 votes. Voters were allowed to cast a ballot of five bands for each day of voting, which closed Tuesday.
Moody Blues came in second with 947,795 votes, Dire Straits was third with 613,749, followed by The Cars (552,733) and Judas Priest (538,508).
The bad news for Bon Jovi fans? The top five fan-voted acts count as only one of more than 800 total ballots.
The good news for Bon Jovi’s fans? The top fan-vote getters in the past five years (Rush, Kiss, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chicago, Journey) have been inducted.
Team Bon Jovi will take it.
“Thank you to all of our fans who voted for us to be in the Rock Hall!” tweeted the band Wednesday. “Your votes, posts, and videos went such a long way and we appreciate them all!”
Bon Jovi is one of 19 nominees for the Rock Hall’s Class of 2018. Kate Bush, The Cars, Depeche Mode, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, J. Geils Band, Judas Priest, Link Wray, LL Cool J, MC5, The Meters, Moody Blues, Nina Simone, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and The Zombies make up the full list of nominees.
The 2018 inductees will be announced Wednesday and inducted April 14 in Cleveland. Former guitarist Richie Sambora, the co-writer of the Bon Jovi classics, has expressed interest in joining the band at the ceremony.
“Of course (I’ll play),” said Sambora, in October on the Trunk…