The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has rolled out its nominees for the class of 2013. Among the groups named are rockers Rush and Deep Purple, as well as hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy.
Also on the list of potential inductees for 2013 are Albert King, Chic, Donna Summer, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, the Marvelettes, the Meters, N.W.A., Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Procol Harum, Public Enemy, and Randy Newman. Those selected will be inducted on April 18, 2013 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
As this is Rush’s first time appearing on the ballot, the Canadian trio has been eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1998. Representing the hip-hop genre in true innovative fashion, N.W.A and Public Enemy both made the ballot in their first year of eligibility. If they are inducted, they will join fellow hip-hop acts Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys in the Hall of Fame.
Voting is open to the public from now until Dec. 3 during which fans can vote on RollingStone.com for the nominees they'd like to see inducted. The top five acts will comprise a "fan's ballot" that will count towards a group of 600 artists, music historians and members of the industry that will choose 2013's inductees. 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," Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation told Rolling Stone. "This year we again proudly put forth a fantastic array of groups and artists that span the entire genre that is 'rock & roll.'"
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.