NEW YORK, NY (December 20, 2016)
will be inducted into the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center next year on April 7, 2017.
The band joins the Class of 2017 as first-time nominees for the honor, after becoming eligible for consideration in 1996.
ELO will join Joan Baez, Journey, Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur, all of whom were on the ballot for the first time and Yes, who will be inducted following their third nomination.
“I am deeply honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and would like to thank all the great fans who have supported us over the years,” said ELO lead singer Jeff Lynne of the honor.
As the creative force behind ELO, producer, songwriter, arranger, lead singer and guitarist Jeff Lynne remains one of the most successful and respected musicians of all time. Formed in 1970, Electric Light Orchestra has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide with more than 20 Top 40 Hits across the U.S. and the U.K. and has received countless awards and accolades.
At the time of ELO’s formation, Lynne had said the goal was to create modern rock and pop songs. A goal that remains true some 30 years later with 2015’s release of ‘Alone In The Universe’ on Columbia Records, the first album of all-new music released by the band in over a decade. The album received critical and fan praise alike, prompting NPR to hail the first single, “When I Was a Boy,” as “vintage ELO, with Lynne’s signature chord progressions, string flourishes and a wistful but infectious melody.”
Inductees are chosen by more than 900 voters of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, as well as the aggregate results of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s online fan vote. Artists are eligible for inclusion 25 years after the release of their first recording.
The 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for the third time since 2014. The Induction Ceremony will again have its television premiere on HBO and a radio broadcast on SiriusXM. Follow the Rock Hall on Facebook, Twitter (@rockhall) and Instagram (@rockhall) and join the conversation at#RockHall2017. To receive Induction Ceremony updates, announcements and ticket information, sign up for the Rock Hall’s e-newsletter at www.rockhall.com/e-newsletter.
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