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Rock And Roll Hall of Fame CEO Responds to Criticism

Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock Hall, speaks at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

The president of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is commenting on criticism that the Hall doesn’t give the heavy metal genre enough respect. In a new interview, Greg Harris explained, “We celebrate all forms of rock and roll. Iron Maiden, Judas Priest have been nominated, we put Def Leppard in.  Those that are nominated, over 80 percent of them eventually do get inducted. This ballot had sixteen artists on it. They just can’t all go in. So this year these are the six. And we’re excited to see what next year brings.”  Artists become eligible for inclusion in the Hall 25 years after their first records were released but Harris says there are other criteria including the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock ‘n’ roll.

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