Simon, Jackson Are Hall Inductees

Tuesday, September 19th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Jackson and Paul Simon, both seeking solo enshrinement after earlier being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as group members, lead the latest list of nominees.

Simon was inducted in 1990 as a member of the 1960s folk duo Simon & Garfunkel, while Jackson made it in 1997 as part of the family act he left behind, the Jackson 5.

The list of nominees for the Cleveland hall was released Monday

The 16 other nominees include the Australian hard rockers, AC/DC; punk poet Patti Smith; rocker Bob Seger; the flamboyant cult favorites New York Dolls; Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd; and ``I'm Sorry'' singer Brenda Lee.

Eight acts are reappearing on the ballot after failing to win election in the past: rock bands Aerosmith, Queen and Black Sabbath; New York rocker Lou Reed; jazz-rockers Steely Dan; doo-wop favorites The Flamingoes; soul performer Solomon Burke; and ``La Bamba'' singer Ritchie Valens.

Musicians are eligible for nomination to the hall 25 years after the release of their first recording.

Ballots have been mailed to artists, producers, journalists and music industry executives who decide on the inductees. An induction banquet is generally held each March.