Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush, Chic, Heart, Donna Summer and Kraftwerk are among 15 diverse nominees up for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Photos: 2013 Rock Hall nominees
Also on the 2013 ballot are Deep Purple, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Albert King, The Marvelettes, The Meters, N.W.A. and Procol Harum.
Inductees will be determined by the hall's voting body of roughly 600 artists, historians and industry professionals. An artist or band becomes eligible for a nomination 25 years after releasing a debut single or album.
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The Rock Hall's annual nominees list stirs enthusiasm, ire and debate, lighting up websites and social media. That's likely to be the case again with a ballot accommodating hip-hop, disco and electronica.
"Nobody's wrong," says Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. "Whether it's Madonna or Run-DMC, people say, 'Wait a second, that's not rock 'n' roll.' Obviously, a lot of people think it is. Rock 'n' roll means so many things to so many people."
The 28th annual ceremony takes place April 18 in Los Angeles for the first time since 1993. The event will be broadcast at a later date on HBO.
This year's hopefuls:
- The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. The Chicago band led '60s rock lovers to the wellspring of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.
- Chic. With dance floor classics like Le Freak and Good Times, Nile Rodgers and company gave disco a brilliant, soulful upgrade.
- Deep Purple. The British heavy-metal pioneers hijacked the charts with Smoke on the Water.
- Heart. Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson crafted a savvy blend of rock crunch and creamy balladry on hits such as Barracuda and These Dreams.
- Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. The band's gritty mix of rock, punk and metal yielded timeless chart-topperI Love Rock 'n' Roll.
- Albert King. Disciples of Cream and Jimi Hendrix soon discovered the source of their mournful blues licks in the trove of King's Stax recordings.
- Kraftwerk. The influential synth-rock outfit has shaped every electronica act of the past 40 years.
- The Marvelettes. The quartet enjoyed a supreme moment in Motown history with No. 1 hit Please Mr. Postman in 1961.
- The Meters. The iconic New Orleans funk ensemble recorded Cissy Strut, Look-Ka Py Py and many tunes with Dr. John.
- Randy Newman. The pop satirist (Short People) has been writing and singing sentimental and politically pointed tunes for four decades.
- N.W.A. Dr. Dre's ambitious, angry rap group electrified fans and attracted the FBI's attention with Straight Outta Compton.
- Procol Harum . The quintet's soaring A Whiter Shade of Pale remains a staple on classic rock radio 45 years after its release.
- Public Enemy. Chuck D's politically charged raps mixed stinging commentary with sonic brilliance.
- Rush. The Canadian prog-rockers executed ambitious concept albums and such radio-friendly hits as Tom Sawyer and New World Man.
- Donna Summer. The Queen of Disco brought equal measures of church and sex to the dance floor.
By Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY