Michael Jackson Tops Public Vote For America's Pop Music Hall Of Fame 2017 Inductees
December 29, 2016 at 7:08 AM (PT)
MICHAEL JACKSON, who topped the public online vote in his first year of eligibility, along with ABBA and BILLY JOEL are among the 15 acts selected for 2017 induction into AMERICA’S POP MUSIC HALL OF FAME announced this morning.
Also newly-elected into the HALL OF FAME by public vote are the DAVE CLARK FIVE, EARTH, WIND & FIRE, ARETHA FRANKLIN, MARVIN GAYE, THE JACKSON FIVE, DIANA ROSS and ROD STEWART.
In the “Legends” category, the nomination board chose PAT BOONE, FATS DOMINO, THE DRIFTERS, CONNIE FRANCIS and BOBBY VEE In recognition of their influence on pop music.
Inductees had to have a charted song prior to 1980 to be considered and were selected from 20 nominees chosen by a national music industry panel based on the breadth, depth and influence of the artists’ recordings.
In previous years, the HALL OF FAME nomination board has chosen LES PAUL and MARY FORD (2015) and LOUIS ARMSTRONG, BING CROSBY, THE INK SPOTS and the MILLS BROTHERS (2016), as POP MUSIC HALL OF FAME “Legends” for their influence on pop music.
AMERICA'S POP MUSIC HALL OF FAME board is currently working with local and state officials to construct a permanent facility. Current plans are for a large, multi-use performance venue as well as both permanent and rotating exhibits. AMERICA'S POP MUSIC HALL OF FAME is based in CANONSBURG, PA, just south of PITTSBURGH, the home of PERRY COMO, BOBBY VINTON and the FOUR COINS,
Election for the sixth class of inductees will be in SEPTEMBER, 2017.
For further information and interview requests, call TERRY HAZLETT at (724) 745-1515 or visit americaspopmusichalloffame.org