In music, I imagine the most profound honor to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tributes from established artists launch the celebration of careers earned from debut decades ago to a future with no end. Inductees in every class deserve the spotlight.
Tributes and celebration are exciting, but what exactly is the process of being inducted?
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation's Nominating Committee selects a group of artists. Ballots are sent to over 1,000 historians, members of the music industry, and artists (including living inductees). The five performers to receive the most votes join the given year's induction class.
As of 2012, fans can vote for nominees they want to be inducted. The top five votes create one ballot that goes toward the submitted ballots.
Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after their debut release. Eligibility also includes -
"...significant impact on the development, evolution and preservation of rock and roll."
Performers - Bands/Solo artists demonstrate musical excellence
Influence on other performers or genres
Length and depth of career and catalog
Superior technique and skills
Ahmet Ertegun Award
Honors songwriters, producers, disc jockeys, record executives, journalists and other industry professionals who influence rock & roll
Early Influences - Prior to rock & roll...Profound impact on music's evolution and iconic artists
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Award for Musical Excellence
Honors performers, songwriters, and producers who have changed the course of music history ... Create influential, important music with originality ... Timeless distinction
The Singles - Songs that have established permanence in history and influenced rock and roll ... Immense cultural impact ... Merit a place in history
(Source - Induction Process)
And there you have it - the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction process. I can only wonder who will comprise the Class of 2020.