I think this shows that Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford really is a class act.
In a recent interview he discussed the band missing the mark for a 2018 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and also shared the rejection email that he received.
What Halford had to say about the nomination and rejection: "We were thrilled and honored to be even nominated, so it's kind of bittersweet. We got the nomination, which is something of a recognition for the work that you've done, but we didn't quite get in this time, but I'm hopeful that eventually we'll get some more metal."
I’ve got to admit, the Rock Hall Of Fame is a mixed bag for me, as far as how I personally feel about it and it’s relevancy to Rock in general. But kudos to Rob Halford for showing how to gracefully accept the band not making it in this time around.
The rejection email he shared:
"Thank you for embracing your nomination for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While you didn't garner enough votes for induction this year, you were part of a very select group of Hall of Fame nominees. Artists are frequently on the ballot multiple times before they are inducted. For example, Black Sabbath were nominated eight times before their induction, Patti Smith seven times, Solomon Burke nine times, and both the Beastie Boys and The Yardbirds were on the ballot three times before their respective inductions.
"If you are touring or simply traveling nearby, please visit our museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Our six floors of exhibitions tell the remarkable history of rock and roll and how it changed the world. You're part of that story and we'd love to share it with you. Again, congratulations on your nomination."