Why Aren't These ALT Artists Nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

October 10, 2018

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The 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations came out yesterday, so everyone's had plenty of time to form their opinions about them. While there are several alternative giants up for induction, like Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine and The Cure, there are a lot more names who are missing. Like...

Nine Inch Nails

The band was nominated in 2016, but for the last two years NIN has been mysteriously absent from the list. Trent Reznor has explored a whole new musical world thanks to his work with scoring films: the man's halfway to an EGOT! Nine Inch Nails is currently active and touring and making audiences everywhere gladly lose their minds with joy, so this one is a real head scratcher. 


In the wake of Chris Cornell's death by suicide, it's been painfully clear what a powerful influence he and his voice had on alternative music. The surviving members of Soundgarden gathered alongside his family, friends and fans in Seattle to unveil a statue commemorating his life just the other day. Their contributions to grunge and rock music are worth recognizing. ​

Smashing Pumpkins

This year the Pumpkins are celebrating their 30th anniversary on the road with most of the original members (and not without a little bit of drama, but that's rock and roll for you). Billy Corgan continues to be a renaissance man who loves wrestling and cats and saying quotable things in interviews. Wouldn't his speech alone be worth the induction? 

And that's just three of them! Look, these things aren't the final word in whether or not a band matters - but it's still nice when bands we love get properly recognized. Consequence of Sound has compiled a huge list of other bands missing from the RR HoF nominations - read it here.