2018 KLIPSCH AUDIO FAN VOTE RESULTS
The Fan Vote results are in - congratulations, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Todd Rundgren, The Zombies and The Cure!
In that order, those five of the 15 official nominees for the Rock Hall’s newest class finished atop the heap in the fan balloting. Historically, the top three or four finishers in the fan vote ear induction, although it’s by no means a sure thing.
That’s because the collective fan vote counts as a single ballot, making it one of more a thousand ballots. So while winner Def Leppard’s 547,647 fan votes is impressive, it means the British metal band’s “victory” won’t guarantee induction. Although to be fair and honest, their omission would be a surprise, as the “official” voters – all the living inductees and certain music industry insiders, including record label executives, publicists and a select few journalists – usually side with the fans for the first two or three spots.
Just to play fun and games with the math involved, that means that each single fan vote for Def Leppard was worth 0.00182599 actual ballots.
Still, it’s a win for the band in another way, which may be even more important than induction into the Rock Hall itself, because the volume of votes speaks to the fervor of the Def Leppard fan base. The Rock Hall said that 3.3 million ballots were cast during the period that ended at midnight Sunday and nearly 17 percent went to Def Leppard.
Nicks, a Hall of Famer already as a member of Fleetwood Mac, is up for induction as a solo artist and pulled in 427,844. Rundgren polled 365,370; Zombies, 329,052; and the Cure, 264,443.
The rest of the nominees finished this way: Janet Jackson, 218,581; Devo, 186,754; Roxy Music, 167,307; Rage Against the Machine, 148,208; Radiohead 140,458; John Prine, 136,746; LL Cool J, 119,657; Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, 99,724; Kraftwerk, 87,456; and MC5, 85,304.
Come back to rockhall.com or check one of our social media pages on Thursday, December 13th at 8am EST to see the final Inductee ballot revealed!