The nominee announcement is both the coolest and least cool part about the Hall of Fame induction. Least Cool: because they list all of these acts and then less than half of them get in. Coolest: because you actually get to vote on these ones!
To answer the inevitable "I like the Foo Fighters better than any of these losers! Why the hell can't I vote for them?!" Well that would be because to be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. That means the 2017 class had to be present before 1991 and Foo Fighters debuted in 1995, so suck it, douchey college bro who calls Foo Fighters classic rock!
Anyway, the top of the class in my opinion is comprised of (in no particular order) Seattle grunge legends Pearl Jam, Prog Rock pioneers Yes, The sound of every 80s montage since the 1970s Journey and Hip-hop's fallen messiah Tupac Shakur. But those are all just my opinion! Your vote matters too (both now and in November) so go vote on the 2017 Rock Hall class right HERE!