Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam lead rock hall of fame ballot

Eddie Vedder
FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2015 file photo, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performs at the Global Citizen Festival in New York. Pearl Jam, will join Stevie Wonder and Neil Young at this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds on the weekends of April 22-24 and April 28-May 1. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – The late rapper Tupac Shakur and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam are among the first-time nominees on the ballot for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Nine of the 19 acts nominated are on the ballot for the first time, with Shakur and Pearl Jam in their first year of eligibility. More than 800 artists, historians and music-industry officials vote, with results announced in December and induction next April. Nominations were announced Tuesday.

Other first-time nominees are: Journey; punk pioneers Bad Brains; 1980s synth-poppers Depeche Mode; Jeff Lynne’s 1970s hit machine Electric Light Orchestra; Lollapalooza instigators Jane’s Addiction; 1960s folkie Joan Baez; and Steppenwolf, Canadian rockers of “Born to be Wild” fame.

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