The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its nominees for induction into the class of 2019. It’s an honor to be on the nomination list, but let’s make one thing clear: It doesn’t mean you’re a shoo-in for inclusion. Each year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame names 15 artists for possible induction, but only five are chosen. The 2019 nominees include first timers Def Leppard, Devo, John Prine, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks and Todd Rundgren. They join rapper LL Cool J and Kraftwerk, each having been nominated four times prior to this. Also making the cut again are Janet Jackson, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, The Cure and The Zombies. I’m a huge music buff, so learning the list of hopefuls is a big deal for me. But almost every year, I’m surprised every year by who is not on the list. The same can be said once again. If it were up to me, the five inductees for 2019 from this list would be Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, LL Cool J and The Cure. To be eligible, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. This should get you wondering about who is nominated and who was not. Let me help you comprehend something: Mariah Carey is eligible for induction. Naysayers may shrug at artists like Janet Jackson being in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Why shouldn’t she be? Rock ‘n’ roll encompasses much more than “rock” music. It reflects the times and often the trends. Being a “pop” star, or someone popular, shouldn’t make you any less of an artist. That’s why you see artists like LL Cool J nominated. What he brought to music changed the landscape, as Elvis Presley once did. Jackson is the seventh biggest-selling artist of all-time. Her career could have been a joke, following her famous brothers. After two so-so albums, she broke into the business in a massive way with the 1986 LP “Control.” That album alone did so much for music at the time, and also made people see her as her own star. “Control” produced six huge singles, but it was her iconic album “Rhythm Nation 1814″ three years later that rewrote the record book. The album gave her eight more major singles and established her as a superstar, among the ranks of Madonna and Whitney Houston (Houston was overlooked for induction again). Jackson released several more albums, all with a slew of hit singles. She has scored 33 No. 1 hits on various Billboard charts, which rivaled her brother Michael’s success. She is definitely worthy of the distinction. “Pyromania” and “Hysteria” were massive albums for Def Leppard in the 1980s. Back in my day, you weren’t cool if you weren’t jamming to the British rockers. The band became iconic when drummer Rick Allen survived amputation of his left arm. Other bands might have moved on, but not Def Leppard. Allen came back bigger and better than ever for the band’s biggest album, “Hysteria.” More on the nominees in a future column. — David T. Farr can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.