Soundgarden, Depeche Mode and Judas Priest are among the top five artists leading the fan vote for this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of inductees.
As of Saturday night, Pat Benatar had received the most votes with 149,831 votes, while the Doobie Brothers followed with 134,982. Soundgarden was in third place with 127,652, Depeche Mode in the fourth spot with 114,444 and Judas Priest was fifth with 108,286.
Asked if late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell would be pleased about the nomination, guitarist Kim Thayil told us the answer was yes: “He would be pleased with it. That's certainly different than where we were in the '80s or early '90s, but I know from Chris attending it and inducting Heart that he saw the significance of it and how important it was to the fans and the supporters of the band being inducted. And he said yes, this is very important and it's cool. And so I think he would be very, very excited.”
Nearly 1.4 million votes have already been cast since voting began. Fans can cast their vote at the museum in Cleveland and on its web site. They can also vote on Google by searching “Rock Hall Fan Vote” or any nominee name plus “vote” through January 10th. Fans can vote for up to five nominees every day.
The top five artists selected by the public will comprise a “fan ballot” that will be tallied and factored in, along with the other ballots sent to approximately 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry.
The top Rock Hall vote-getters will be announced in January and inducted on May 2nd, 2020 at Cleveland's Public Hall, with the event airing live.