Clay Aiken

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible in: 2028 (The 2029 Induction Ceremony)

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Will Clay Aiken be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


32 comments so far (post your own)

wahoooo!!! first comment. Clay is amazing. He should win this award. But, it might be a couple of years!!! (shout out to all fellow claymates and clack gatherers.)

Posted by Heather on Tuesday, 08.8.06 @ 07:26am

Clay is an incredible talent, and a wonderful person. It's still 20 years away, but so long as he keeps putting out platinum records and using his celebrity status for good causes, he's a shoe-in for 2028.

Posted by Mike on Saturday, 10.21.06 @ 23:06pm

Are you serious? You're not serious. Are they serious? Oh my god, you're serious.

Posted by Kit on Monday, 11.27.06 @ 16:13pm

Yeah, I'm serious. He is one of the best singers popular music has to offer, is a performer of incredible integrity, has cross-generational appeal, has a ludicrously dedicated fanbase, has the record for highest-selling single of all time and donates a great deal of his time and effort towards truly charitable causes. Also, unlike most people, I have actually heard some of the music he has written than his American Idol slaveholders are reluctant to allo whim to release. On top of all the other things he does, he is a talented songwriter too. He's not going anywhere for awhile, so in the twenty or so years that must pass before he can be eligible he'll have plenty of time to grow as a performer.

Posted by Mike on Friday, 12.15.06 @ 02:10am

lol you kno every1 who voted yes were just trying to be funny

Posted by bobby on Sunday, 01.14.07 @ 16:34pm

Clay Aiken is one of the most talented singers
I know. I am a huge fan of his and I will be
happy when he wins this award because he
trully deserves it!!!GO CLAY

Posted by may on Wednesday, 01.31.07 @ 20:01pm


Are you that fat chick he sings to in that godawful video?

Posted by TODD on Tuesday, 03.6.07 @ 14:34pm

haha! ive not met one person who even likes him a bit! oh man--i think he sucks..sry

add me on msn!

Posted by kirsten olson on Thursday, 03.15.07 @ 18:16pm

are you serious? you can't be serious. wow. i'm sorry but no.

Posted by Angie on Monday, 03.19.07 @ 17:06pm

Okay so I can't hate on clay just cuz i don't like his genre, but come on people, this is the ROCK AND ROLL hall of fame. not the pop hall of fame. i admit, he has tallent, but he's not right for such an honor. anyone heard of the clay aiken diet?? eat a whole bunch of food and then go listen to his CD! :D okay, that was mean, but i like that joke. y'all should try listenin to real music, like senses fail!

Posted by Natalie on Wednesday, 03.21.07 @ 14:39pm

you go ahead and vote for clay gayken, ill save my vote for people who actually know what rock is.

Posted by Punk on Wednesday, 03.28.07 @ 11:41am

hahahahaha....clay akins..hahahahahaha....oh geez....

Posted by rick on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 23:56pm

Y'know.....I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

Posted by Karli on Sunday, 07.15.07 @ 19:28pm

Guess ya gotta give everyone a shot!! He's got another 20 years or so to do SOMETHING!!!!

Posted by Terry on Friday, 02.1.08 @ 18:58pm

never gonna happen.

Posted by MikeP on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 12:05pm

All those who don't think he qualifies, just LISTEN to his new CD!!!!! It rocks!!!!!
Ashes, Falling, etc. Put your head phones on and listen, please......... He's amazing and will be around forever just like Frank, Elvis, Andy, Nat and all the rest. Staying power, that's the key to success.

Posted by k on Monday, 08.18.08 @ 20:11pm

k...You are kidding, right??? Comparing him to those legendary artists is, in a word...ridiculous. Maybe you should go listen to the artists you mentioned for a while. I gaurantee you wouldn't listen to Aiken anymore.

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 08.18.08 @ 20:22pm

Gitarzan, that poster just HAS to be taking the piss. I mean, there's an audience for just about anything out there, but surely one's gotta now that Clay Aiken's shot at being considered for the Hall of Fame is about as strong as Barney's- or, Hanna Montana, for that matter.

Posted by JR on Monday, 08.18.08 @ 20:47pm

You put Clay Aikens in the same category with Frank! My father and uncles must be turning in their graves right now wile spitting Italian curses your way. The sooner Clay goes away, the better this world will be.

Curse American Idol!

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 08.19.08 @ 03:57am

I am proud to say that I've never watched one episode of American Idol...being a musician of sorts, I have more respect for artists that do it the hard way. As far as Simon Cowell goes, I think Bob the Dog (my Springer Spaniel) has more tact and musical knowledge than he does!

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 08.19.08 @ 07:14am

I haven't either Gitarzan

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 08.23.08 @ 12:36pm

All right, now how did Clay Aiken get to be on the Hot List? This is what I was getting at last week. Was it because he was mentioned 3 or 4 times over the last week? I know nothing that could be making this man a hot ticket right now, unless he is slated to follow Anthrax in the featured artists spot.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 08.24.08 @ 16:36pm

I listened to some of his new stuff on myspace. I almost threw up all over the computer. You call that rock!? Go pop in "Kill 'Em All," "High Voltage," or any other album by Metallica, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd (I think you get the picture), etc., and then tell me that crap is rock, not to mention Hall of Fame worthy. "Rise up from the ashes" my ass...

Posted by BakerBoy86 on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 23:26pm

Clay Aiken? Is this some kind of a sick joke?

Posted by Mr. Octagon on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 15:12pm

Lord NO!!!

Posted by Denise on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 15:21pm

The man "came out" recently

What a fag!

Posted by Marty on Saturday, 09.27.08 @ 10:38am

Was there anything else in the news that day!?!
It was a real shock as we were all "fooled" i'm sure.

Posted by Gary James CA on Saturday, 09.27.08 @ 10:40am

If there was a "Hell no" button I would have clicked it.

Posted by Stevie on Thursday, 11.13.08 @ 20:50pm

He won't get in cause he will be to busy sucking american idol producer's dicks.

Posted by on Saturday, 06.27.09 @ 12:27pm

How does Clay Aiken get "yes" votes??? (Remember, the question asks WILL).

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 04.29.11 @ 16:30pm

Marty - Someone's a bigot!

Posted by Gassman on Friday, 04.29.11 @ 16:39pm

Chicago/Peter Cetera mentioned on Rolling Stone website about Clay Aiken & Bon Iver

Clay Aiken
Measure of a Man

NOVEMBER 4, 2003

Who would have thought in 1981 that the influence of soft-rock kings Chicago would still be felt in 2003? In interviews, twenty-four-year-old Clay Aiken cites Chicago singer Peter Cetera as a vocal idol, and the painstakingly measured ballads collected on his debut, Measure of a Man, make that clear. For everything wrong with Aiken — his unremarkable phrasing and delivery, his old-man self-importance in a young man's body — he's adept at this school of middle-of-the-road bombast. He gets perhaps a bit too wistful on "Shine," which borrows liberally from the Chicago standard "Hard to Say I'm Sorry," but when one's whole career is a homage, it's hard to know when the line has been crossed.

Bon Iver's 'Bon Iver': A Track-by-Track Breakdown
Rolling Stone takes you inside the band's second album, which leaked this week

MAY 20, 2011 5:25 PM ET

Bon Iver's folky, meditative 2007 debut For Emma, Forever Ago was one of the most beloved indie albums of the '00s. Since then, frontman Justin Vernon has appeared on Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and become a sought-after producer. The Wisconsin band will release its long-awaited second full-length, Bon Iver, on June 21st (it leaked earlier this week after iTunes accidentally released it); the 10-song album is a little bigger-sounding than their debut, and comes with a few curveballs, but their trademark elusive beauty is still intact. Rolling Stone's Jon Dolan went through the album track-by-track.

"Perth" – Opening decidedly bright, with Beach Boys harmonies, sun-striped electric strum and a march-tempo snare drum, the first track on Bon Iver suggests something a bit more expansive than For Emma, Forever Ago's sweetly austere cabin-fever folk. Flares of distorted guitars, booming synth-drums and a clarion horn section promise gigantic possibility just around the dust-spackled corner. But as is often the case, Justin Vernon's singing is gnomic: what's his multi-tracked voice saying? "You’re a motor for a moth / I'm gonna build you a loft"? Or is it "I like my oatmeal soft / We recorded this on Hoth"? Who can tell with this dude?

"Minnesota, WI" – What's that? A groove? An almost Afro-poppy one, in fact! You could imagine Paul Simon singing over this. A husky voiced Vernon evokes rambling and roots, spinning pictures and water running through a valley (images of transience and confluence), as a supple acoustic guitar interweaves with reflective pedal steel. A farty fuzz-noise and a push-pull rhythm rough things up. "Never gonna break / Never gonna break," goes the refrain. But the music punches beyond the quiescence we expect from this band.

"Holocene" – A trademark Vernon trance-poet epistle: Ginger 12-string picking pushed along by gently shaken shaker and brushed snare drum. The lyrics, delivered in indie-Peter Cetera falsetto, imply spiritual awakening, with nods to the Who's "I Can See For Miles" and a mention of Christmas. But it’s the modernist mumble-folk halo vibe that counts – late afternoon Six Point and oranges in a sunny chair, that sort of thing.

"Towers" – The strumming here recalls Sandy Denny's autumnal English folk lullaby "By the Time It Gets Tired," one of the most beautiful, satisfied love songs ever (and Yo La Tengo's finest cover). Good choice, that's the tradition Bon Iver work in, and Vernon does it justice with a song that may be about girlfriend-as-tower or his girlfriend climbing a tower or being in a relationship that feels like a tower or him and his girlfriend being distant towers. Look, sorry, he multi-tracks himself like 80 times here and still doesn't sing into the mic. Sheesh. The dudes who found bin Laden would have a hard time hunting down the exact meaning to some of these songs.

"Michicant" – All right, here we go: this one is definitely about childhood – memories of swimming and changing seasons and fear and blankets. Eventually, we wander off into mid-Beatles psychedelic territory – backwards tape folderol, unemployment line-on-Penny Lane horns, chimes, what not, etc.

"Hinnom, TX" –This is a fluttering synth-pop ballad with another baritone lead vocal that cuts against those trademark Bon Iver falsetto harmonies (this time with a little of TV On the Radio's Pere Ubu-doo-wop in there), signifying gorgeousness mixed with opacity. The voices are just instruments, conduits of emotion without clarity or context but they're moving nonetheless.

"Wash." – As in Washington. Most of these songs are named after places but none of them seem to be happening anywhere, which evokes between-ness (fading memory, aimless aging, moods you can't break, head-colds you can’t shake). A spare, gently lifting piano progression and lyrics that seem to evoke searching for comfort in the familiar (a bed, a home, a friend) and breaking down when it isn’t there. "Eyes too sore for sight," goes a line. Hopefully, he'll Visine them shits before he hops in the car and makes for the next destination.

"Calgary" – Canada's cowboy country is evoked via high-lonesome almost-a cappella singing that fades into rolling tom-toms booming as spaciously as the Great White North itself. Pretty soon a song emerges, a slowly driving new wave ballad – kinda like Modern English's "l Melt With You" on the wrong speed. "There's really nothing to this sound," go the vocals. No guys: there's nothing to the words, the sound is everything.

"Lisbon, OH" – Lisbon, OH: population 2788 (as of the 2000 census). Let's hope the Leslie Knope of Lisbon doesn’t adopt this as the theme song for this year's harvest festival, because the townsfolk might turn their jack-o-lantern carving knives into suicide blades. It's just a minute and half of blackhole feedback, a hi-hat that never finds a beat, a depressed EKG machine and some of the droopy ooze from a sewage processing plant on Brian Eno's Another Green World.

"Beth/Rest" – Ok, this one actually does sound like Peter Cetera's "Glory of Love," complete with Miami Vice-sex-scene sax/synth/guitar sprits. It's some serious stem-wear and pino noir Eighties yuppie make-out action. These guys must've really liked that smooth Destroyer record that came out last winter. Can't make out the words, of course, but it sounds like a breakup song – "such a robbery," goes a line. If it’s a Bon Iver song and there's a girl's name in the title, it's probably a break-up song. Vernon writing a requited love song is like AC/DC writing an album inspired by the novels of Doris Lessing. This one's kind of a weird way to go out but a very nice album all the same.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 08.12.11 @ 21:45pm

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