When it comes to earning a place in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, good things come to those who wait.
And then wait a little more.
Owing to the vagaries of how artists are actually nominated for the Cleveland shrine, no group or individual is guaranteed a spot in the hall, no matter how big an impact they may have had on popular music.
Many worthy candidates have been ignored, particularly progressive rock bands, Top 40 acts from the ’60s, almost anything with a New Orleans flavor or, some critics say, black music.
Yet others, whose talent, appeal and commercial success pales in comparison to more deserving performers, get their ticket stamped during their first year of eligibility.
All of which brings us, in a roundabout way, to the long-running rock band Heart. With worldwide sales of more than 30 million recordings, a spot in the hall should have been automatic for the band that’s been fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson for 40 years.
Initially eligible in 2003 — 25 years after the release of their first recording — the rock hall didn’t get around to finding a spot for Heart until this year. They joined Randy Newman, Rush, Donna Summer, Public Enemy and Albert King in this year’s class.
During the 10 years that Heart was ignored by the rock hall, the Wilsons admitted they wondered if they’d ever be nominated. During an interview with Rolling Stone shortly after the nominations were announced last month, Ann Wilson, 62, bluntly said she didn’t think it would ever happen.