Bon Jovi was first nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, but was not elected. Last year, Jon Bon Jovi publicly wondered if there was a conspiracy to keep his band out. Today, the New Jersey rockers is one of six artists elected to the Hall's Class of 2018.
Bon Jovi's election raises the question of former members Richie Sambora and Alec John Such joining the current lineup at the induction ceremony in April. Sambora is already on record as saying he'd be there, but no word yet from Such.
When reached for comment Sambora said, "It's certainly an honor to be recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and I am thinking about all of my heroes and my peers that have been inducted before me - it's great to be in that queue. It is the best feeling. I also want to say how much I love my fans and thank them for helping us get here."
Bon Jovi certainly has the achievements to warrant the honor:
- Over 100 million records sold worldwide -- more than such inductees as Rod Stewart, R.E.M., Van Halen and Tom Petty.
- 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.
- They won this year's Fan Ballot with more than a million votes.
Bon Jovi will be joined at the 33rd annual induction ceremony on April 14th at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland by The Moody Blues, Dire Straits and The Cars.
Source RockHall.com and Premiere photo credit - Getty images