Bon Jovi, Nina Simone among five Rock Hall of Fame inductees

LOS ANGELES, Dec 13 (Reuters) - "Livin' on a Prayer" rockers Bon Jovi, British bands Dire Straits and the Moody Blues, the late Nina Simone and The Cars will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, organizers said on Wednesday.

The rock-heavy 2018 list marks a return to the roots of the U.S. Hall of Fame, which for the past two years has broadened its base to welcome rap artists like the late Tupac Shakur and N.W.A.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Class of 2018, Then and Now
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LOS ANGELES - APRIL 04: Hard rock group 'Bon Jovi' performs onstage on April 4, 1984 in Los Angeles, California. (L-R) Richie Sambora, Tico Torres, Jon Bon Jovi, Alec John Such. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Members of Bon Jovi (L-R) Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan and Tico Torres pose for photographers as they arrive for the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 in Madrid November 7, 2010. REUTERS/Susana Vera (SPAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
A group portrait of Dire Straits, (clockwise from top left) John Illsley, Pick Withers, Mark Knopfler and David Knopfler, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1978. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
GURGAON, INDIA - MARCH 17: Rock Legend Chris White (L) and Terence Reis (R) of rock band Dire Straits during the live perform at Leisure Valley Ground, on March 17, 2017 in Gurgaon, India. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of MOODY BLUES; Posed group portrait - L-R, Back - Denny Laine, Clint Warwick and Graeme Edge, Front - Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas (Photo by RB/Redferns)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Singer/guitarist Justin Hayward, drummer/songwriter Graeme Edge and bassist/songwriter John Lodge of The Moody Blues attend a 'Jobs in Music' education event at The Venetian Las Vegas on October 11, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1952: Singer and songwriter Nina Simone poses for a portrait in 1952 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Herb Snitzer/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
The legendary French singer Nina Simone plays a one-off set at the Cancer Research Campaign's Gala Halloween Ball, at the Hilton, Park Lane, in London this evening (Friday). Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA. *21/04/03*Nina Simone has died at her home in France, her booking agent said, Monday April 21, 2003 (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
(NO SUB AGENCIES IN UK, FRANCE, HOLLAND, SWEDEN, FI) The Cars 1978 Ric Ocasek, Benjamin Orr, Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, David Robinson during Music File Photos - The 1970s - by Chris Walter at Music File Photos 1970's in Los Angeles, . (Photo by Chri
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Ric Ocasek of The Cars attends the SiriusXM 'Town Hall' with The Cars: Town Hall to air on SiriusXM's 80's on 8 at SiriusXM Studio on April 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
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Bon Jovi, led by Jon Bon Jovi, formed in 1983 in New Jersey and remains one of the biggest acts in the U.S. music industry, releasing albums every couple of years. The band toured the United States in 2017 in support of its "This House is Not for Sale" album.

Dire Straits, led by guitarist Mark Knopfler, burst to fame in 1979 with the single "Sultans of Swing" and enjoyed a succession of hits in the 1980s including "Money for Nothing" and "Brothers in Arms." The band broke up in 1995 when Knopfler embarked on a solo career.

Progressive 1960s rockers Moody Blues are best known for hits like classical rock fusion "Nights in White Satin" and "Go Now." After several changes of lineup, the band is due to embark in January on a U.S. tour to mark the 50th anniversary of its "Days of Future Passed" album.

The Cars, formed in Boston in the late 1970s, merged rock and synthesizer-oriented pop to produce hits like "Drive" and "Just What I Needed" before breaking up in 1988. The band reunited in 2010, releasing the album "Move Like This," and toured in the United States in 2011.

Singer-songwriter and civil rights activist Nina Simone died in 2003 at age 70 after finding fame in the 1960s with songs like "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" and "Mississippi Goddam." Modern artists ranging from Elton John to Kanye West have credited her with influencing their work.

The inductees were voted on by music fans and 900 music industry experts and will be inducted at a ceremony and performance show in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 14.

Artists who were nominated this year but not chosen for induction included British singer Kate Bush, alt-rock band Radiohead and the J.Geils band.

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Bon Jovi 1985 Jon Bon Jovi (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 20: Musician Jon Bon Jovi of Bon Jovi performs live on stage on Day 3 at the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 20, 2015 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
Jon Bon Jovi And Richie Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi And Richie Sambora (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
AMERICAN BANDSTAND - 'Dance Contest' - Airdate June 11, 1985. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BON JOVI
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Jon Bon Jovi of Bon Jovi performs on stage circa 1986. (Photo by Mike Cameron/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Singer Jon Bon Jovi and bassist Alec John Such of Bon Jovi perform on stage circa 1987. (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
Jon Bon Jovi during Bon Jovi in Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City - August 1, 1987 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Bon Jovi on 4/3/89 inMinneapolis, Mn. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)
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Jon Bon Jovi perfrms in concert circa 1992 in New York City. (Photo by L. Busacca/WireImage)
Jon Bon Jovi poses for photographs during the 'Bed of Roses' video shoot in 1993 in Death Valley, Nevada. (Photo by L. Busacca/WireImage)
Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK - 21st JULY: Jon Bon Jovi from American rock group Bon Jovi performs live on stage at Jones Beach on Long Island, New York on 21st July 1995. (Photo by David Corio/Redferns)
Bon Jovi Gibt Mini-Konzert Im Hamburger Cafe Fees . (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
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UNDATED FILE PHOTO: Singer/musician Jon Bon Jovi. (Photo by In Focus/Richard Maw)
NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 01: Photo of BON JOVI; 01-09-2000/BON JOVI/JOHN/GELREDOME/ARNHEM (Photo by Peter Pakvis/Redferns)
Will Ferrell, Jon Bon Jovi, and Jimmy Fallon (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 6: Jon Bon Jovi, musician and now co-owner of the Philadelphia Soul AFL football team speaks with the media after Philadelphia Magazine named him one of the 22 'People to Watch' that will change Philadelphia at Tiffany & Co. November 6, 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 22 people were selected not only because of their success, but Philadelphia Magazine believes will become household names in the next decade. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
Jon Bon Jovi performs 'It's My Life' during 32nd Annual American Music Awards - Show at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for American Music Awards)
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PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 5: Rocker Jon Bon Jovi holds up his 'City of Philadelphia Brotherly Love Award' during the Liberty Medal Gala October 5, 2006 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton received the 2006 Liberty Medal for their efforts in helping raise more than $1 billion for disaster relief efforts. (Photo by Tim Shaffer-Pool/Getty Images)
Bon Jovi performs live Opening Night at the Prudential Center October 25, 2007 Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bill McCay/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS - JULY 27: Jon Bon Jovi co-owner of the Philadelphia Soul celebrates at the end of the Arena Bowl XXII at the New Orleans Arena on July 27, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Philadelphia Soul defeated the San Jose SaberCats 59 to 56. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1563 -- Air Date 12/12/2009 -- Pictured: (l-r) Richie Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 17: Jon Bon Jovi of Bon Jovi performs on stage at the Sydney Football Stadium on December 17, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 13: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Musician Jon Bon Jovi looks on before the New England Patriots play against the New York Jets on November 13, 2011 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Patriots defeated the Jets 37-16. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Musician Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea Hurley (R) attend The Cinema Society With Chrysler & Bally Host The Premiere Of 'Stand Up Guys' After Party at The Plaza Hotel on December 9, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 07: Jon Bon Jovi of Bon Jovi performs live for fans at Etihad Stadium on the first show of his 2013 Australian Tour on December 7, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21:New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft and National recording artist Jon Bon Jovi hang out before the start of NFL game action against New York Jets during a game at MetLife Stadium on December 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jerome Davis/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 20: Musician Jon Bon Jovi of Bon Jovi performs live on stage on Day 3 at the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 20, 2015 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
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(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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