BON JOVI beat out MOODY BLUES, DIRE STRAITS, THE CARS and JUDAS PRIEST to win the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Fan Vote. The Jon Bon Jovi-led band had 1,162,098 votes, followed by MOODY BLUES (947,726), DIRE STRAITS (613,726), THE CARS (552,707) and JUDAS PRIEST (538,467).
According to the Hall's rules, the five top vote-getters in the fan vote are put on a single ballot, which counts no more than a ballot submitted by one of the Hall's 900 or so regular voters, consisting of artists, music historians and music industry insiders.
Since the Fan Vote was created, the top vote-getter that year (previously RUSH, KISS, STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN, CHICAGO, JOURNEY) has wound up being inducted into the Rock Hall.
Artists are eligible for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single. Criteria for inclusion includes "the influence and significance of the artist's contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll."
The 2018 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1992.
Despite being eligible for induction since 1999 — twenty-five years after the release of its first disc — KISS didn't get its first nomination until 2009, and was finally inducted in 2014.
DEEP PURPLE was eligible for the Rock Hall since 1993 but didn't get inducted until last year.
The inductees for the Class Of 2018 will be announced on Wednesday, December 13 via the Rock Hall's Facebook page.
The 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be held April 14 in Cleveland, Ohio, and will air on HBO.