This year's other hopefuls are Albert King, Chic, Donna Summer, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, the Marvelettes, the Meters, N.W.A., Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Procul Harum and Randy Newman. Phew! That's a lot of nominees! This year's award will be the first time a public vote is involved. From now until December 5th, fans can vote on RollingStone.com for the nominees they'd like to see inducted, where the results will be announced in mid-December. "The definition of 'rock & roll' means different things to different people, but as broad as the classifications may be, they all share a common love of the music," commented Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. "This year we again proudly put forth a fantastic array of groups and artists that span the entire genre that is 'rock & roll."
The rap groups N.W.A and Public Enemy are in line for a place on their first year of eligibility (you can only be inducted 25 years after your first single release) and will hope to join Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys in the hip-hop contingent of the hall of fame. The ceremony will be held in Los Angeles for the first time since 1993. It's usually held in New York at the Waldforf Astoria, but it was held in Cleveland in 1997, 2009 and 2012.