- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 30, 2017

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees Radiohead are skipping next year’s induction ceremony, a representative for the band has confirmed.

Radiohead was placed on the shortlist last month of acts eligible to be entered into the Rock Hall in 2018, effectively making them guests of honor during an induction ceremony in Cleveland next April if they make the cut.

The group has scheduled a performance in Argentina the same day as the ceremony, however, and a representative for its members confirmed they’ll be playing Buenos Aires instead, Pitchfork reported Wednesday.

“They’re not attending” the April 14 induction ceremony, the representative said.

The Rock Hall in October announced 19 nominees eligible to be inducted in 2018, including Bon Jovi, Kate Bush, The Cars, Depeche Mode, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, J. Geils Band, Judas Priest, LL Cool J, The MC5, The Meters, Moody Blues, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Link Wray and The Zombies.

Between five and seven nominees will be named as finalists in December and officially inaugurated during the April ceremony, the Rock Hall said previously.

Musical artists become eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame once 25 years has passed since the release of their first album or single. Radiohead’s debut single, “Creep,” was released in 1992, making them illegible for nomination until this year.

Radiohead has sold millions of records internationally since the release of their first album, 1993’s “Pablo Honey,” and released their ninth studio album, “A Moon Shaped Pool,” in 2016.

Living inductees typically attend the annual Rock Hall ceremony, but not always. Sex Pistols singer John Lydon boycotted the event in 2006 and released a public letter calling the hall of fame a “piss stain.” More recently, Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose released a statement in 2012 that said, in part, “I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.”

Speaking in June, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood said he wasn’t interested in being inducted.

“I don’t care,” Mr. Greenwood, 46, told Rolling Stone at the time. “I don’t want to be rude about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because for a lot of people it means something, but culturally I don’t understand it. I think it might be a quintessential American thing.”

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