With nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015 expected within days, Cleveland’s Plain Dealer says one of the bands that will “be at the center of the discussion is Bon Jovi.” Eligible since 2008, they were nominated in 2010, but fell short.

Looking at both sides of the coin, the paper notes:

  • They’ve sold over 100 million records worldwide — more than such inductees as Rod Stewart, R.E.M., Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
  • Slippery When Wet and New Jersey are among the biggest-selling albums of all time. Bon Jovi has released platinum albums in three separate decades.
  • They remain a top touring act.

On the negative side:

  • The Rock Hall hasn’t show a lot of love for ’80s bands — notice the absence of Motley Crue, Def Leppard and Journey.
  • Critics were never big fans of their work, considering them “shallow.”
  • It’s hard to point to a modern band they heavily influenced.

Talk About It:

  • Do you think Bon Jovi deserves to be nominated for the Rock Hall?
  • Does the Hall of Fame have a prejudice against ’80s bands?
  • Name three other acts that should receive consideration.