When Motörhead were nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2020, only three members were listed: Lemmy Kilmister, “Fast” Eddie Clarke, and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor. Drummer Mikkey Dee and guitarist Phil Campbell spoke out about their omission from that list of members, and now, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame have added their names to the list of eligible members on the ballot, Rolling Stone reports.
“That is pure wrong,” Dee told Billboard, speaking about his snub from nomination shortly after the announcement was made. “We’ve been carrying the flag for 25 years together, and actually brought Motörhead to what it was. We did 25 years out of the 40. The original band lasted just a few years. They started it off, but as Lemmy said himself they wouldn’t have lasted another six months doing that lineup. I don’t think we would’ve been where we are today without the 25 years we spent touring.”
There have been multiple controversies in Rock Hall history over which members of a band get snubbed from nomination. A few of Pearl Jam’s former drummers weren’t inducted, and neither was Bleach-era Nirvana drummer Chad Channing.
Motörhead were nominated alongside the Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, Soundgarden, T. Rex, Nine Inch Nails, MC5, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Dave Matthews Band, Thin Lizzy, Rufus with Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Judas Priest, the Doobie Brothers, and Pat Benatar. Fans can vote for their favorites on the Rock Hall website. Inductees will be announced in January.