Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees Announced

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Fifteen rockers are up to bat for the five available slots at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this October. The nominee list (posted after the jump, along with our Top Five picks) has garnered mixed responses from the public--with some expressing outrage over the inclusion (and exclusion) of certain performers.

Ballots will be mailed out to 500 voters, who will select five from the 15 choices. In order to qualify for induction in 2012, a band or artist had to release their first single or album 25 years prior to their nomination (for the mathematically challenged--1986 is this year's cut off).

The nominees are:

Beastie Boys

The Cure


Eric B. & Rakim

Guns N' Roses


Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

Freddie King

Laura Nyro

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Rufus with Chaka Khan

The Small Faces/The Faces

The Spinners

Donna Summer


If I was to choose from the Cleveland-hall inductees, I'd go with: Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Guns N' Roses, Beastie Boys (yes, the Bboys are a hip-hop act, but they did help bridge the divide between rock and hip-hop--so that's who you can thank for all those awful Lil Wayne tracks), Heart and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Some notable snubbed acts: Bon Jovi, Jethro Tull, Rush, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Journey, The Smiths and Joy Divison. 

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I like your Notables list better... The Beastie Boys are a good choice as really they were the group that sucked little white suburbanite kids into Rap. I was in 6th grade when License to ill came out and I could sing it word for word by the end of summer. And they are phenomenally talented musicians  Have you ever hear The In Sounds From Way Out? that album alone made me want to have my own theme music! 

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