This morning, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announced its nominees for 2012 induction. This year, we’ve got some intriguing new names on the list, including Guns N’ Roses, the Cure, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eric B. & Rakim, and Joan Jett And The Blackhearts. It also includes a few artists who have previously been nominated, including the Beastie Boys and Donna Summer.
Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after releasing a single or album, and only eight of the 15 nominees will actually make it into the Hall. And as silly as this whole process is, I have to say that it would be amazing to see Eric B. & Rakim, in all their fur-coat-and-dookie-rope glory, up on that stage. If the Beasties couldn’t make it in their first time around, though, I don’t have a whole lot of hope for that happening.
The only artists who seem like first-ballot locks for inclusion, given the Hall’s well-documented biases, are probably Guns N’ Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. So the induction ceremony is probably our best hope for seeing Axl Rose appearing in public with any other founding GN’R members, although even that probably still won’t happen. We’ve got the full list of nominees below.
Eric B. & Rakim
Guns N’ Roses
Joan Jett And The Blackhearts
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rufus With Chaka Khan
The Small Faces/The Faces
(via Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame)
Everyone pour out a little on the sidewalk for perennial also-rans Chic, who didn’t even make the long list this time.