Bipartisan push for Yes to join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame falls short
December 17th, 2013
11:38 AM ET
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Bipartisan push for Yes to join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame falls short

(CNN) - A bipartisan group of political operatives leading a grassroots movement to induct pioneering British rock group Yes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has failed.

Republican political operative John Brabender joined forces in August with Democratic strategist Tad Devine and other operatives spanning the political spectrum to create the "Voices for Yes" campaign, aimed at inducting the beloved group into the celebrated club.

The progressive rockers were nominated and selected as finalists to join the 2014 class of Hall of Fame. Brabender and Devine's group rallied devoted fans through social media and a campaign website to sign a petition to support the rock and roll icons.

But ultimately, the trail-blazing artists failed to make the cut.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced six inductees Monday night, including grunge band Nirvana, makeup-clad metal group KISS and folk singer Cat Stevens. Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt and Hall and Oates also made the legendary list.

Brabender was senior media strategist for Republican Rick Santorum's 2012 presidential campaign and is the chief creative officer at political consulting firm BrabenderCox. Devine was a key architect of Democrat John Kerry's 2004 presidential bid.

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Not a huge Yes fan, but I'm pretty sure they'll make it eventually.

    December 17, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. wendel

    and we can't pass immigration or extend unemployment benefits????

    December 17, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Isn't there an entertainment section for this?

    December 17, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. Pam from Iowa

    KISS, and Hall and Oates made it over Yes?

    December 17, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    There is hope for America's Fed. Legislative Branch.

    December 17, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. loving it

    Who'd have thought the party of "no" was also the party of Yes?

    December 17, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. smith

    The fact that Nirvana made it in is a disgrace. Yes should have went over that crappy band.

    December 17, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. current state of the union

    Well they are proven losers, not who i would hire, but I have a yes CD I enjoy occasionally . They will make it eventually .

    December 17, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    British rock group is told, "No." Welcome to the new America, gentlemen. There's nothing to see here.

    December 17, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Pam from Iowa wrote:

    KISS, and Hall and Oates made it over Yes? Unbelievable!!
    Yeah, "roundabout" got the run around. It's not always about what you do in the studio or the stage. A whole lot of it has to do with what your philanthropic activities have been over the years. How much have you given back to the fans, or those in need?

    December 17, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Thomas

    The Party of No ?

    "Tutti Frutti" by Pat Boone is a cover of Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti".

    December 17, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. shrodr

    "According to USA Today, which hosted online voting duties along with Rolling Stone, Yes (151,000) and Deep Purple (166,000) received more votes than Hall and Oates (113,000), Peter Gabriel (111,000), Linda Ronstadt (85,000) and Cat Stevens (75,000), however they were knocked out from the final list because of the rules: The hall deemed the five artists with the highest number of votes on a fan’s ballot counted as a single vote."

    This is why the RRHoF is such a joke.

    December 17, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Dean

    Cat Stevens over Yes? Really? As if the RRHoF had any credibility before this.

    December 17, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |