CLEVELAND, Ohio (CelebrityAccess) — Veteran New Jersey rock band Bon Jovi led the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee class of 2018, the organization announced on Wednesday.
Bon Jovi will be inducted, along with Nina Simone, the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who will receive an Award for Early Influence, at the 33rd annual induction ceremony on April 14 at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland; the show will be broadcast later by HBO and SiriusXM.
The inductees were selected by ballot, with more than 900 industry figures, including artists and historians, taking part in the voting.
Also included in the voting was aggregate results of fans who voted online via the Rock Hall's website, which helped to push Bon Jovi over the top, with more than 1 million of the band's fans casting a vote for the New Jersey favorites.
“Am I relieved? Yeah,” frontman Jon Bon Jovi told the New York Times in reference to the news of the band's induction. “Am I pleased? Absolutely. But,” he added, “It’s about time.”
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Induction Ceremony will again have its television premiere on HBO, and a radio broadcast on SiriusXM. Broadcast details will be announced in early 2018.