The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this morning announced the nominees for its Class of 2012, a list that includes goth-pop legends The Cure as well as fellow first-time nominees Guns N’ Roses, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Eric B. and Rakim, plus past nominees Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and more.
The 15 finalists — a list that also includes War, Donovan, Donna Summer, Laura Nyro, The Spinners and a combination of The Faces and The Small Faces (see full list below) — will be voted on by more than 500 members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, who will chose five inductees for the April 14 ceremony in Cleveland, home of the Rock Hall.
To be eligible for the ballot, artists must have released their first album or single 25 years ago, which, in this case, refers to work issued in 1986 or earlier — meaning The Cure has been eligible for nomination since at least 2004. Other eligible, but not nominated, acts include The Smiths, New Order, The Replacements, Depeche Mode and Sonic Youth.
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 nominees:
Donovanric B. & Rakim
Guns ‘N Roses
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rufus with Chaka Khan
The Small Faces/The Faces