The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2018 inductees.
According to the Associated Press, Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, Nina Simone, The Cars, The Moody Blues, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe will all be inducted into the Hall next year.
Jon Bon Jovi responded Wednesday to the news of his band’s induction into the Hall, reportedly saying that it was “about time” and that the band was “really pleased, obviously, relieved, humbled” and that being “timeless and classic was always the goal.”
Bon Jovi added he would be happy to reunite with former band members Richie Sambora and Alec John Such.
“I haven’t had the opportunity to hear from either of them but without a doubt, they both will be invited and asked to not only come and share it, but to perform,” he said.
Tharpe, a pioneering gospel performer and guitarist who died in 1973, will be inducted with the “Award for Early Influence”. She is often referred to as the “godmother of rock and roll.”
Of the six acts, four are first-time nominees, Bon Jovi having first been nominated in 2011, and The Cars running for the honour twice before.
The honourees this year were chosen from a group of 19 nominees, which included Radiohead, who were expected by many to be inducted.
All six legends will be officially inducted during the 33rd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 14, 2018, in Cleveland.