The contest is good in that it honors many legacy acts, including bands we love here like Whitesnake and Def Leppard. The contest also leaves the door open for brand new bands (with a best new act category) and choices like Foo Fighters for the band of the year category.
I think such contests are basically good, but overall there seems to be a lot of missing categories and weak choices. I'll let you make up your own mind on that after you go to the link and make your opinion known.
The best categories are not open to fan vote. The writers at Classic Rock will weigh in and give their opinion on "Metal Guru," "Comeback of the Year" and "Classic Album."
I'm just a nobody, but I'm good enough to write for Classic Rock, so here are my choices for the three categories I just mentioned:
Metal Guru: I might actually have to give this one to nutty Axl Rose. The man's a brilliant musician and he might have the shrewdest business brain in the business. There is word of a deal that puts the elusive Chinese Democracy in Best Buy stores by the end of the year. If this happens - watch out. Bring Back Glam! will go into overload.
Comeback of the Year: This one seems like a no-brainer. Motley Crue had a strong 2008, from their new album Saints of Los Angeles, to launching Crue Fest, to their massive Live Nation deal. Kudos to my beloved Glam boys - even if they hate the word Glam.
Classic Album: Sure I'm biased, but Aerosmith's Rocks is probably about the best rock album ever made. More than 30 years old, the songs still stand-up and out.
There. Go vote. Then - if you're American - make sure you're registered to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Remember: voting has no impact on jury duty selection, so please don't use that as an excuse.