The first week — albeit shortened — of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Fan Vote has George Michael out in front with just under 90,000 votes.
A first-time nominee, he overtook Cyndi Lauper who jumped out to the lead when voting began on Wednesday. She is followed by Soundgarden, Willie Nelson and Iron Maiden in the Top 5.
The complete order and number of votes is as follows:
- George Michael – 90,000
- Cyndi Lauper – 87,000
- Soundgarden – 74,000
- Willie Nelson – 73,000
- Iron Maiden – 68,500
- Warren Zevon – 63,500
- Rage Against the Machine – 56,000
- Joy Division + New Order – 55,000
- Sheryl Crow – 52,000
- Kate Bush – 47,000
- The Spinners – 46,500
- The White Stripes – 38,000
- Missy Elliott – 34,000
- A Tribe Called Quest – 28,000
Voting is open through April 28th at Vote.RockHall.com or in person at the Museum in Cleveland. The Top 5 artists selected by the public will make up a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to determine the 2023 Inductees. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.
Inductees will be announced in May along with the date and location of the induction ceremony in the fall.