Per the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame site:
To be eligible for induction as an artist (as a performer, composer, or musician) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the artist must have released a record, in the generally accepted sense of that phrase, at least 25 years prior to the year of induction; and have demonstrated unquestionable musical excellence.
We shall consider factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique, but musical excellence shall be the essential qualification of induction.
As you can see by the above statement, and looking at the career of Duran Duran, they have more than earned their spot in the Hall of Fame. They have it even more-so than some of those inducted before, during, and after their eligible class year.
To further prove this point, check out these accomplishments* below:
More than 120 million records sold
Became only the third act in history, after The Beatles and Elvis Presley to enter at #1 on the UK Singles Chart with “Is There Something I Should Know” (4th single in history).
The band are awarded Best Album (Rio) and Best Group, and Simon is awarded Best Male Vocalist, at the British Rock & Pop Awards.
Seven and the Ragged Tiger goes Gold and Platinum in one week in the UK.
During the ‘Sing Blue Silver Tour’ tour, Duran Duran becomes the first act to utilize live video cameras and screens in their show. They break every existing merchandise record during this tour.
Won the Grammy for ‘Best Music Video/Short Form’ for “Girls on Film / Hungry Like the Wolf – Video 45″.
Won the Grammy for ‘Best Music Video/Long Form’ for “Duran Duran – The Video Album”.
The “Save a Prayer (live)” video from the Arena album goes on to become the reigning champ of MTV’s Friday Night Video Fights.
“The Reflex” is named International Hit of the Year at the Ivor Novello Awards in London.
Became the only artist to write and perform a #1 single for a James Bond theme song on the Billboard Hot 100 for “A View to a Kill”.
Won the Brit Award for ‘Best British Video’ for “Wild Boys”
Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 announces Duran Duran as the most successful duo or group from England based on the Billboard charts. Duran Duran were ranked first, followed by The Police, Culture Club, Wham! and The Rolling Stones.
The band is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A world-first Enhanced-CD produced by AMXstudios [Alasdair Scott and Malcolm Garrett] premiered at the EMI Records world conference in Brighton, 1993. “Universe” featured a revolutionary audio mixer, allowing users to remix “Ordinary World” on their CD-ROM enabled computers.
Received the ‘Best Song Musically & Lyrically’ Ivor Novella Award for “Ordinary World”.
Became the longest winning ‘MTV Friday Night Video Fights’ winner having to be retired, still holding that title with ‘The Reflex”.
Became the first artist to commercially sell a single over the Internet in 1997 with “Electric Barbarella”.
“Someone Else Not Me” was the first music video to use Flash technology.
During the Pop Trash US tour, the band plays a week’s residency at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, smashing all attendance records.
The UK Pop Trash tour features the world’s first use of “augmented reality” technology in a live concert. Duran Duran works with a computer graphics producer to create advanced 2D and 3D visual effects, which allows animated characters to appear live on stage with the band.
During their ‘Close Up Tour’ of the USA, their five-night stint at Chicago’s House of Blues break all records for their fastest sell out shows ever.
During a ‘Close Up Tour’ show in Anaheim, California, the first fully immersed video and audio recording of a rock concert is conducted. The live rock experience is captured using a unique 360-degree panoramic video and 10.2 channel audio recording system. This pioneering recording is coordinated by producer Jarrell Pair with audio/video researchers working with Dr. Tom Holman, famous for creating Lucasfilm’s THX audio standard.
For the first time in history, Ticketmaster’s servers crashed for 30 minutes due to the demand of the band’s August 27 Webster Hall, NY, USA show.
Received the ‘MTV Lifetime Achievement Award’
Received the ‘Q Lifetime Achievement Award’.
Won the Brit Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’
Received the Ivor Novella Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’.
Duran Duran make history by becoming the first band to ever play at the Louvre Museum (home of the Mona Lisa) in Paris. They perform under the I.M Pei glass pyramid as part of the biggest fundraising event ever held on the Paris museum’s premises.
MTV viewers voted the band’s legendary clip for their hit single “Rio” The Greatest Video Of All Time.
Duran Duran is awarded the Award for Style at the Milan, ITA Town Hall, by the Mayor of Milan, Leitizia Moratti. The award is given only to artists, creative individuals or innovators who are not Milanese.
At the GQ “Men of the Year” Award Ceremony, the band is presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award
BBC Radio 2’s fan-selected Top 100 Albums poll, has Rio placing in at #3
The Contra Costa Times begins an online competition with 32 artists they feel should be inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including Duran Duran. After 16 weeks of voting, Duran Duran are declared the winner by beating out Depeche Mode with 54% of the vote
The BBC names Rio one of the 12 most iconic album covers
Received the Spotify Lifetime Achievement Award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards
* Research by Christian Helwig