Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
With the online fan poll choosing the most popular potential 2020 inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame closing at the end of the day, the top five vote-getters seem pretty set in stone.
As of Thursday night, Dave Matthews Band led all nominees with over 974,000 votes, more than 100,000 ahead of Pat Benatar, who had amassed nearly 865,000 to put her in second place.
In third place on the tally were The Doobie Brothers with more than 770,000, followed by grunge rockers Soundgarden, with over 707,000.
Rounding out the top five were heavy-metal legends Judas Priest with almost 665,000 votes.
Interestingly, Dave Matthews Band, Benatar, The Doobie Brothers and Soundgarden all are first-time nominees, while Priest previously received a nod in 2018.
Thanks to the poll, the top five acts will get an extra vote toward induction, although about one thousand ballots are cast each year when deciding which artists are welcomed into the Rock Hall. That being said, the acts who received the most votes in the fan poll during the last seven years all ended up getting inducted, which bodes very well for Matthews and his group.
Voting in the poll closes tonight at 11:59 p.m. ET. You can cast your last-minute votes at RockHall.com and via Google by searching “Rock Hall Fan Vote” or any nominee name. The 2020 Rock Hall inductees will be announced this Wednesday, January 15, at 8 p.m. ET via the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s social media sites.
This year’s Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will be held at Public Auditorium in Cleveland on May 2.
Here’s the full list of 2020 nominees and the number of votes they received in the poll as of 8 p.m. ET on January 9 (rounded to the nearest thousand):
1. Dave Matthews Band — 975,000 Votes
2. Pat Benatar — 866,000 Votes
3. The Doobie Brothers — 771,000 Votes
4. Soundgarden — 707,000 Votes
5. Judas Priest — 665,000 Votes
6. Whitney Houston — 582,000 Votes
7. Depeche Mode — 554,000 Votes
8. Thin Lizzy — 548,000 Votes
9. Motörhead — 504,000 Votes
10. Todd Rundgren — 433,000 Votes
11. Nine Inch Nails — 375,000 Votes
12. T. Rex — 360,000 Votes
13. The Notorious B.I.G. — 271,000 Votes
14. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan — 163,000 Votes
15. Kraftwerk — 161,000 Votes
16. MC5 — 158,000 Votes
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