CLEVELAND — 16 contenders are battling for their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and one has taken a very early lead in the 2020 induction fan ballot.
Pat Benatar, a first-time induction nominee, is holding the top spot as of Friday morning. Her first place position is followed by a close race for second place between the Doobie Brothers and Soundgarden.
Depeche Mode and Judas Priest round out the top five.
Here’s how all the other nominees rank in the fan ballot race as of Friday morning, Oct. 18, 2019:
#6 Dave Matthews Band
#7 Whitney Houston
#8 Nine Inch Nails
#10 Thin Lizzy
#11 The Notorious B.I.G.
#12 Todd Rundgren
#13 T. Rex
#15 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
You can track the fan ballot leader board here. Results update as new votes come in.
The top five artists selected by the public will comprise a “fan ballot” that will be tallied and factored in when determining the final list of 2020’s inductees. Fans can vote once per day.
Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2020. The class of 2020 will be announced shortly after.
The 2020 induction ceremony will be held Saturday, May 2 at Cleveland’s Public Hall.