The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction class will surely make many classic rock fans happy.
Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Steve Miller and the rap group N.W.A. will be inducted as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2016 on April 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The four classic rockers are among those often listed as acts wrongfully bypassed by the Rock Hall in previous years; Chicago, in fact, won the public fan voting this year. Chicago will be inducted with its original seven-piece lineup, while Cheap Trick goes in with its original quartet and Deep Purple's first three lineups -- including separate frontmen and bass players -- will be honored. Miller, meanwhile, goes into the Rock Hall himself rather than under the Steve Miller Band moniker.
The ceremony will be filmed for subsequent broadcast on HBO, most likely in May, while other honorees will be added in the near future. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum in Cleveland, meanwhile, will open a special exhibit dedicated to the 2016 inductees in conjunction with the ceremony.
2016 Rock Hall Class
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.