And The 2017 Rock Hall Nominees Are…

Pearl Jam, Jane's Addiction and Depeche Mode are among the first-time nominee on the ballot for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2017.

The 19 finalists include other rookies such as Bad Brains, Tupac Shakur, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Steppenwolf and Joan Baez, along with previous nominees Yes, Kraftwerk, the Cars, the MC5, the J. Geils Band, the Zombies, 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.