Courtesy of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & MuseumSteve Miller is one of the five artists chosen to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, and one of three — along with Chicago and Deep Purple — that had been eligible for the honor for more than 20 years. Miller tells ABC Radio that the news of his induction “was surprising and unexpected,” and says he’s honored to be recognized alongside his fellow inductees, who also include Cheap Trick and rap group N.W.A.

“I mean, great, great, great bands, and a nice, diverse group,” the veteran singer/guitarist notes. “I’m really happy to be going in with my peers like this. This is good.”

While Miller is pleased about being chosen for the honor, he says he isn’t happy with the way the Rock Hall has been going about picking artists in recent years, insisting that those in charge of deciding who gets inducted are overlooking way too many worthy musicians.

“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had achieved a great success in building a museum and creating an institution, and making the public aware of what was going on,” he maintains. Miller points out that “the first couple of ceremonies were really great, [but then,] people became more and more critical of how they were handling it.”

Steve tells ABC Radio he feels that “[t]here’s this very elitist, small committee that’s deciding who they think are important, and they’re just running this like a little private men’s club or something.”

Miller also isn’t thrilled about the fan-voting element the Rock Hall introduced a few years back, because he says those votes barely count when factored into the ballots.

Without mincing words, Miller says he thinks “it’s time for the membership of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to stand up and thank these guys for their hard work, give them a pat on the back, a cigar, [a] gold medal, a blue ribbon and send them off to their estates where they can play tennis or something and let the real work of expanding the musical education part of the [Roll Hall happen,] and make this mean something and accept people instead of exclude people.”

Going down the list of all of the artists who were nominated for the Rock Hall, Miller maintains, “They’ve all made great records, they’ve all done great live shows and they should be inducted into the Hall of Fame. And the Hall of Fame should be huge, not small.” The nominees not chosen for induction this year were Yes, The Cars, The Spinners, Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan, Chic, The J.B.’s, Los Lobos, Nine Inch Nails and The Smiths.

Regardless of his complaints, Miller says he very much is looking forward to the induction ceremony, which takes place April 8 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

“I’m gonna go kick a**,” he insists. “I’m bringing my band. I’m there, man. I’m down.”

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