And The 2017 Rock Hall Nominees Are…

Journey, long considered one of the most significant snubs over the years by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, makes its first appearance on the ballot as one of 19 acts nominated for the class of 2017.

The list also-includes first-time appearances by Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez and Steppenwolf, while previous nominees Yes, the Cars, the J. Geils Band, the Zombies, Kraftwerk and the MC5 are also on the list. The rest of the ballot includes Pearl Jam, Jane's Addiction, Depeche Mode, Bad Brains, Tupac Shakur, Chaka Khan, Janet Jackson, Joe Tex and 11-time nominee Chic.

Ballots are being sent to music industry professionals on the Rock Hall's voting committee, while the public can also vote at RockHall.com, with its choices being weighted and group into the final tally.

An announcement of the five inductees is expected during early December, with the ceremony taking place next April at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and filmed for subsequent broadcast on HBO.

Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after their first released recording, so 1991 or before in the case of this year's group.

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.