The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced its inductees for 2019. Five-time Grammy Award winner Janet Jackson and alternative rock legends Radiohead helm this year’s list, which boasts a stellar cast of music icons.
The wait is finally over for Jackson. After two previous nominations, the groundbreaking pop queen joins her brothers in the Cleveland Institution’s prestigious books. Jackson’s 1986 album, Control was an exceptional showing of the pop icon’s sass and funk, and simultaneously launched the genre of new jazz swing. Upon receiving the news, an elated Jackson thanked her fans in a tweet:
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) 13 December 2018
Joining Jackson are British quintet Radiohead. Never one to bend to the mainstream, the band are best known for their unique blend of rock and electronic music that’s seeded in 1992’s hit, “Creep,” as well as the critically acclaimed 1997 album, OK Computer.
It remains to be seen if the band will be present at the March 29 ceremony. In a 2017 interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Ed O’Brien shared his thoughts on the recognition: “I don’t want to be rude about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame because for a lot of people it means something, but culturally I don’t understand it.”
Joining Jackson and Radiohead in the Hall of Fame are The Cure, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, and the Zombies. Check out the full list here.