This year’s 15 contenders for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame run the gamut from hard rockers Rush to disco diva Donna Summer. The eventual five inductees will be determined by a group of 600 leading lights in the music biz and, for the first time, the public who can have their say by voting online.
In making the announcement, CEO Joel Peresman explained, “The definition of ‘rock and roll’ means different things to different people, but as broad as the classifications may be, they all share a common love of the music. This year we again proudly put forth a fantastic array of groups and artists that span the entire genre that is ‘rock and roll’.”
The 15 contenders are:
- The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
- Deep Purple
- Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
- Albert King
- The Marvelettes
- The Meters
- Randy Newman
- Procol Harum
- Public Enemy
- Donna Summer
All but Deep Purple, N.W.A., Public Enemy and Rush have been on the ballot at least once before.
The 28th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 18, 2013. The show will be presented on HBO at a later date.