We already knew Stevie Nicks had some serious fans.
But the Phoenix-born singer is currently leading the popular vote at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website, where the top five artists will comprise a fans’ ballot, which will then be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the latest class of inductees.
As of Friday afternoon, Oct. 10, in the fourth day of voting, the only nominee that’s even close to Nicks is Def Leppard, who had to have seemed like a shoo-in for winning the popular vote if you go by the number of records this year’s nominees have sold.
And Nicks was already inducted 20 years ago as a member of Fleetwood Mac, with whom she’s playing Talking Stick Resort Arena on Nov. 28.
But there’s clearly a case to be made for her solo career having earned the star a second Hall of Fame induction, both in terms of the artists she’s inspired and the cultural significance of the solo career she launched in 1981 with the chart-topping, quadruple-platinum “Bella Donna” album.
Nicks and Def Leppard are the first two nominees to earn more than 100,000 votes.
The other artists in the Top 5 as of Friday afternoon were the Cure, Todd Rundgren and the Zombies (who had less than half as many votes as Nicks at that point).
This year’s other nominees are Janet Jackson, Devo, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Roxy Music, LL Cool J, John Prine, Kraftwerk, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and MC5.
Fans can vote for five names once a day at rockhall.com through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 9.
Previous winners of the fan vote who went on to be inducted include Kiss, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chicago, Journey and Bon Jovi.