In a recent column, I explored nominees for the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Here’s a further look. 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. Making the cut again are Janet Jackson, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, The Cure and The Zombies. In my first look at the nominees, I suggested that if it were up to me, the five inductees would be Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, LL Cool J and The Cure. I gave my reasons why Jackson and Def Leppard should be inducted. They are the most obvious, to me, of this group. That being said, it’s still no guarantee that they will. To be eligible, an artist must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. Stevie Nicks is an icon, both as a member of Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist. She’s already in the with bandmates from Fleetwood Mac. But her solo work warrants attention, too. Nicks is one of rock’s most recognizable figures and her voice is in a league of its own. I’ve been a lifelong fan. She has released eight studio albums and 32 singles. Her solo debut album, “Bella Donna,” was her biggest. It topped the Billboard Hot 200 and featured such smashes as “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (with Tommy Petty), “Leather And Lace” (with Don Henley) and “Edge of Seventeen.” Other singles followed through the years, such as “If Anyone Falls,” “Stand Back,” “Nightbird,” “Talk To Me,” “I Can’t Wait,” “Rooms On Fire,” “Sometimes It’s a Bitch” and “Whenever I Call You Friend” (with Kenny Loggins). Her passion for music is often captured in her ability to pen such outstanding tracks. That and her unmistakable voice and mysterious appearance makes her what rock and roll is all about: Art. LL Cool J is about as suave as you can get. Some people don’t believe rap belongs in the Hall. I’m not one of those people. He came onto the scene in the 1980s when the charts reflected pop, soul, country, rock and metal (another reason why the ’80s is the best decade ever for music). Rap got the door open with acts like Run-DMC joining forces with Aerosmith, and artists like LL walked through. He did so by infusing beatbox minimalism with defiant lyrics, treading into new territory. His first album, “Radio,” in 1985, was only a precursor for better things to come. His good looks and lip-licking made him a quick favorite on MTV. “Bigger and Deffer” was his breakthrough album. “I Need Love” was his first single to crack the Top 20. Several more albums and singles followed, helping to prove rap was not going to go away, as some predicted. “Around The Way Girl,” “Mama Said Knock You Out,” “Going Back To Cali,” “The Boomin’ System” and “Hey Lover” kept him on the radio. LL Cool J soon found his way onto the big screen with hit movies and on CBS each week as special agent Sam Hanna. In part 3, I’ll delve deeper into the nominees and why Todd Rundgren shouldn’t be overlooked. — David T. Farr can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.