Beginning with our class of 2019 election, which will be conducted in late 2018, the following changes will be made regarding eligibility and groupings of nominees.
The biggest change is that the date which artists and groups will initially become eligible is being moved from 35 to 25 years. That will make eligible anyone who debuted by 1993 for our next election. We will also be adjusting the boundary dates for the Modern and Golden Era ballots and will have a new twist to the first round of voting. All changes are outlined below:
- Round 1: We will now have two short ballots in round one. There will be a 10 name Oldies ballot made up of artist and groups who debuted before 1952, and the top two vote-getters will be inducted. The other 10 name ballot will alternate between Sidemen, who will be voted on for odd-year classes, and Contributors, who will be considered for even year classes. The top two vote-getters from each of these ballots will be inducted.
- Round 2: We will vote on both performer ballots simultaneously . The Modern Era ballot will be made up of artists and groups who debuted between 1973 and 1993. The Golden Era ballot will be made up of groups or artists who debuted between 1952 and 1972. There will be 25 nominees on each ballot and the top 5 vote-getters from each will be inducted.