The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 inductees are.

ANI | Updated: Dec 14, 2017 04:48 IST

New York [USA], Dec 14 (ANI): The 2018 inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced and this year's class includes three of the biggest icons of the 80s of the music industry.

According to Rolling Stone, legendary musicians Bon Jovi, Dire Straits and The Cars are all set to join the class of 2018. Also included this year are progressive rock icons the Moody Blues and the late jazz/soul songstress Nina Simone.

Gospel pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe was chosen to receive the Award for Early Influence.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to its induction year. That means the 2018 nominees must have released their first official recording no later than 1992.

Reacting to the news Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan said, "It's a Christmas miracle. We were guys living the dream, getting on a bus with no guarantees in any way shape or form or anything. It was, 'Let's go out and make this happen.' And we actually did."

To choose the 2018 inductees, an international voting body of more than 900 artists, historians and members of the music industry received ballots, and the top five artists selected comprised a "fans' ballot" that was tallied along with the other ballots.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Inductions ceremony will be held on April 14, in Cleveland. (ANI)