Radiohead, Janet Jackson, Cure lead 2019 Rock Hall of Fame class

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US singer Janet Jackson -- seen here performing at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Bilbao on November 4, 2018 -- has earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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Pop icon Janet Jackson, angst rockers Radiohead and post-punk innovators The Cure on Thursday earned spots in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, organizers announced.

British band Radiohead — fronted by Thom Yorke, seen here performing in Chicago in July 2018 — made it into the Rock Hall of Fame in their second year of eligibility

Also joining the Hall in the Class of 2019 is American folk rock legend Stevie Nicks, already an inductee with her band Fleetwood Mac, but now also honored as a solo artist.

British heavy metal group Def Leppard, pop experimentalists Roxy Music and English psychedelic rock harmonists The Zombies round out the list of artists entering the shrine to rock culture.

The Cleveland-based Hall of Fame — which surveyed more than 1,000 musicians, historians and industry members to choose the winners — will honor the seven acts in a gala concert on March 29 in New York.

The inclusion of Janet Jackson — whose socially conscious, sexually provocative and eminently danceable tracks made her a household name in the 1980s — comes as the Hall of Fame increasingly expands its definition of rock, considering it less of a strict musical genre and more of a certain swagger.

Acts can be inducted 25 years after their first commercial music release.

Jackson, the younger sister of pop king Michael, spearheaded the creation of New Jack Swing with her 1986 album “Control,” creating a fusion sound that came to define the cutting edge of New York’s club scene in the late 1980s.

During her decades-long career, Jackson gained fame as much for her intricate choreography and bold fashion sense as her forceful synth melodies — and many industry insiders consider her induction long overdue.

The genre-bending British anthem band Radiohead, which was chosen in their second year of eligibility, soared to fame in the 90s thanks to their haunting power ballad “Creep.”

Led by singer and lyricist Thom Yorke, the visionary art rock band went on to radically play with their sound, first with their atmospheric, layered album, “OK Computer,” and later with “Kid A” and “Amnesiac.

The band has enjoyed a cocktail of international commercial success, critical love and adoration from indie purists.

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Singer Robert Smith of British rock band The Cure — shown performing in Paris in November 2016 — is the emblematic frontman of the New Wave band

The Cure — known for enduring New Wave hits including “Lovesong,” “Pictures of You” and “The Love Cats” — has had a number of lineup swaps over its more than 40 years in the business, but always included frontman Robert Smith.

The 59-year-old Smith is known for his wailing, emotion-laden voice and deathly complexion, set off by a signature shock of black hair turned gray by time, messy blood-red lipstick and raccoon eyeliner.

The English group’s early years saw The Cure go full-on gloom with a jagged sound that ushered in goth rock, before embracing a poppier, more mainstream style that catapulted them to chart-topping success.

Stevie Nicks — shown here performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in September 2018 — was already an inductee with Fleetwood Mac, but now has been honored as a solo artist

Nicks’s second induction will celebrate her raspy-yet-silky voice, poetic vocals and bewitching stage presence, which have made her an intergenerational rock legend.

Nicks, who joined Fleetwood Mac in 1974 while the band was recording in Los Angeles, still tours with them, while also producing solo work, which she started in 1981 with the album “Bella Donna.”

The Cure and Stevie Nicks were among the five groups making up the “fan’s ballot” — a public tally that was combined with industry professional votes to determine the final list of inductees.

Def Leppard is joining the Hall — here, frontman Joe Elliott performs at the after party for the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Rock Of Ages” in Los Angeles in June 2012

Def Leppard, an English band inducted on its first nomination, kicked off the 80s metal era with stadium-packing guitar anthems including “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Rock of Ages.”

Another British inductee, Roxy Music, could reunite at the gala concert. The band, formed in 1970 in the heyday of glam rock, provided a model for the 1980s New Wave scene.

They broke up in 2011 after intermittently reuniting throughout the 2000s, including a concert tour in 2001. Members Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno went on to have prominent solo careers.

The last inductee, 1960s British Invasion-era group The Zombies, are known for their lush harmonies and intricate arrangements on songs including “Time of the Season” and “She’s Not There.”

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