CLEVELAND — There's always next year...
When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 16 induction nominees for 2021, there were two big surprises missing from the list: Dave Matthews Band and Pat Benatar.
It's the second Heartbreaker year after neither was selected to join the 2020 induction class despite dominating the fan vote. Even more notable, with 1,005,657 votes last year, Dave Matthews Band became the first winner of the fan ballot to not be selected for induction.
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#PatBenatar quickly became one of the top trending topics on Twitter shortly after the nominees were announced Wednesday, many fans questioning how she wasn't included.
Mandy Smith, the Director of Education at the Rock Hall, told 3News last year that she wasn't surprised by the induction outcome because so many performers were first-time nominees.
"Clearly, Dave Matthews Band fans came out and really supported the band. That just shows you how the fan vote doesn’t always match up with what the rest of the voters are doing.”
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She also reminded fans that these performers always have another shot.
“I love Pat Benatar, and I think that all of the nominees still have their day," Smith said. "This isn’t the only year that they’re going to be eligible. I’m hopeful that a lot of these bands will get in some time in the future, too. It is a little cheesy to say, but it is an honor just to be nominated. I remember The Zombies, it took them a while to actually get in.”
The 2021 induction ceremony is expected to take place in Cleveland this fall. The inductees will be announced in May.