Pioneering rap outfits N.W.A. and Public Enemy, electronic music innovators Kraftwerk, rock stalwarts Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, progressive rock titans Rush, and disco queen Donna Summer are among the final nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.
Also up for enshrinement are spacey prog rock outfit Deep Purple, piano man Randy Newman, funk band The Meters, disco group Chic, FM rock band Heart, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, bluesman Albert King, and Motown group The Marvelettes.
The top five vote-getters as determined by a group of artists, historians, and music industry members will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on April 18th, 2013 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. For the first time, fans will also be able to vote and the “fan’s ballot” will count as one of the more than 600 ballots used to determine the inductees. Fans can vote from now until December 5th at RollingStone.com.
In order for an act to be eligible for the Hall of Fame, their first recording must have been released at least 25 years ago.