Pat Benatar, who came in second, was also not included.
Dave fans are voicing their anger online, adding hashtags like #boycottrockhall and #robbed to their complaints over the snub.
“The Rock Hall snub just makes me feel like it doesn’t even matter what the public opinion is. That the committee felt they knew better than the fans,” said Deena Bruderick, a longtime Dave fan who personally voted for the band.
The Dave Matthews Band put on a more gracious face.
Another fan account, DMB Gorge Crew, mirrored that positivity.
Billboard music writer Joe Lynch told CNN that such a response from fans is typical of Rock Hall snubs.
“It’s a tale as old as the Rock Hall itself. They’re announced and there’s a course of people that say, ‘How can you induct this artist over this artist first?'” Lynch said.
It’s not that surprising the Dave Matthews Band wasn’t included this year, because this was the first one they became eligible for the prestigious honor, Lynch explained.
“The chances are the fans are angry now, but two or three years from now, they’ll be celebrating because [the Dave Matthews Band] will be inducted,” he predicted.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will occur Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, and be broadcast live on HBO.
The Dave Matthews Band, meanwhile, is headlining BottleRock, a three-day music, wine, craft brew and culinary festival, taking place in Napa, California, later that month.
HBO and CNN share a parent company, WarnerMedia.