2013 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees Announced

Rush and Deep Purple have finally been nominated. Find out how to contribute your votes and see the full list of nominees here.

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The nominees for the 2013 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame have been announced and include Rush, Deep Purple, and Kraftwerk, with the ceremony due on April 28 at the Nokia Theater in L.A.

Acts are eligible for the ceremony 25 years after releasing their first album. It's the first time Rush have been nominated, despite being eligible since 1998.

It seems like only yesterday that we were posting and endless stream of 2012 Hall Of Fame news which mostly consisted of Guns N' Roses drama. The list of nominees this time look less troublesome, but equally as legendary.

For the first time, the vote is being opened up to fans, albeit in a small way. The Hall had been criticised in the past for its unclear voting methods, and this appears to be one way to dampen those complaints. You can place your nominations over at Rolling Stone.

The top 5 artists from that poll will comprise a fan ballot which will count as one of more than 600 ballots. Hardly democratic, but at least the fans finally have some way to contribute to the vote.

Currently, the fan poll puts Rush at the top of the list with almost 30% of the vote, followed by Deep Purple and Heart.

"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," said Joel Peresman who is President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "This year we again proudly put forth a fantastic array of groups and artists that span the entire genre that is 'rock & roll.'"

Here's the full list of nominees:

  • Albert King
  • Chic
  • Deep Purple
  • Donna Summer
  • Heart
  • Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
  • Kraftwerk
  • The Marvelettes
  • The Meters
  • N.W.A.
  • Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Procol Harum
  • Public Enemy
  • Randy Newman
  • Rush

    They're all legendary acts, but who will make the grade? Place your own nominations and views in the comments.

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      Deep Purple and Rush... ABOUT TIME!
      The whole Hall of fame thing is a sham! But if anyone on that list were to win, it better be between Rush and Deep Purple.
      How exactly is it a sham? Do you think that there are like 10 people sitting in the boardroom at the HoF saying "okay, these 10 people get to get in this year"? They get a huge group of music historians who are significantly more well informed than you or any of your firends will probably ever be and decide who gets the nominations. These nominations are then voted on by all of these people plus every single person who is in the Hall of Fame. It's a totally valid process and the only people who are opposed to it are those to ignorant to find out how it works. The source for my information is one of the administrators of the HoF, she talked to my Rock and Roll history class because I go to school in Cleveland.
      Isn't that cute, you have faith in the system... but you don't need to be a "significantly more well informed" historian or music scholar to figure out that 70% of the artists on that list are in anyway related to Rock'n'Roll, which should've been like their first criteria for giving out nominations. The sham was a reference to that.Hope that suffices your question.
      I'm going to have to disagree with you on that, those artists are definitely related to rock and roll, they just don't play it. Early gangsta rap groups were pretty much responsible for the creation of nu-metal, a subgenre of rock. Do you honestly think that the people who created a subgenre in rock have nothing to do with rock whatsoever? As for electronic musicians, if you listen to almost any modern rock artists you can see the obvious influences that electronic music has had on rock, Radiohead and Muse for example. As I said in a separate comment, the rock and roll hall of fame considers more things than popularity and guitars being used, which is completely reasonable as there are a lot more things to consider, especially influence.
      Rush has been up for nomination numerous times, but have never made it. R&R HOF doesn't represent anything anymore, especially if N.W.A. and Public Enemy get in.
      ... what are you talking about? This is the first time Rush has EVER been on the ballot, even though this is what, the 14th year they've been eligible?
      Whose excited to see Blackmore with Deep Purple again??
      You're assuming Richie is going to show up and play with the band. God knows I would love that and would glued to the TV with my jaw hanging on the floor...but I'm not so sure he'd even make an appearance. I'm very curious to see if Rush will invite some other artists up there to jam with them...maybe.
      just needs Iron maiden in addition of these two and the 3 biggest omission of the RNRHOF are redeemed
      What about Kiss? I'm not a huge fan of them, but I have to say, I seen all the originals back in 96 on their "farewell tour", but they put on one of the best shows I'd ever seen.
      They were on the ballot 2 years ago. Gene Simmons probably wanted to be paid for an appearance instead of accepting the honor for free.
      My Last Words
      I am going to get massive hate for saying this, but I love rap and I love N.W.A. But seriously, who the hell classified them as rock'n roll ? "but as broad as the classifications may be, they all share a common love of the music" You know, Justin bieber probably shares a common love for music as well, are you going to induce him too ? Or dubstep for that matter ?
      Well, Rock and roll don't have to be just about music. For me it's also life attitude, let's say a life philosphy. I know a lot's of people who I consider as rock and roll people even tough they don't listen to this music. Personally, I'm glad that there are hip-hop acts in Rock and roll hall of fame, that's part of it for me, you know, being open minded and get rid of prejudice against others.
      My Last Words
      Rocknroll is a lifestyle, or a philosophy like you called it. Yet I have to disagree with you. You see, rocknroll is not just about music. The rocknroll hall of fame however, is all about music.
      It's called the rock and roll hall of fame. Not the musical hall of fame. That's not a lack of an open mind, that's just the fact. Plus, as My Last Words said, the hall of fame IS about the music and genres/categories have specific things that make them w/e category. I don't have an issue with inducting whoever, but if it's not really a rock and roll hall of fame at this point and to call it one is a little misleading.
      Same here. I love Kraftwerk, but Kraftwerk's NO r&r. FAR FROM IT!
      How do you define "rock'n'roll"? The immediate roots of rock and roll lay in the rhythm and blues of the 1940s and 1950s with significant influences from jazz, blues, gospel, country, and folk! I don't think rock is exclusive.
      Why would you get massive hate for saying that you love rap?
      My Last Words
      Because, forgive me, nowadays I tend to see alot of people commenting: "THE METAL WILL LIVE ON - F*CK RAP!" on both metal and rock video's. Talking about ignorancy. I was just being cautious : ) (Not generalising metal/rock fans here, just pointing it out)
      when metallica got introduced to the hall of fame, james hetfields acceptance speech contained a list of bands who he "loved to invite through the door" these were: deep purple thin lizzy rush kiss alice cooper iron maiden judas priest motrhead thats a list!
      According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's website, one of the primary purposes of the HoF is to "recognize the contributions of those who have had a significant impact on the evolution, development and perpetuation of rock and roll by inducting them into the Hall of Fame." Under this definition, I think it is quite reasonable to include non rock acts like NWA, Run DMC and Public Enemy. If you think that acts like these did not have a significant impact on the evolution of rock, than that is crazy.
      My Last Words
      With all respect, I'm sorry but I don't see alot of rockbands crediting Run dmc and Public Enemy nowadays. Prolly because there are none.
      2 words: Rap-metal. The genre, wether we like it or not, is a part of rock history, and its influences began with Run DMC+Aerosmith, and Public Enemy+Anthrax. Excluding them would be like excluding Robert Johnson or B.B. King because they didn't write rock music, even though rock, as a genre, wouldn't exist without them. If dubstep and metal do wind up becoming a popular genre in the next 10 years, Skrillex could possibly be added. I'm not saying I like it, I'm just saying that's probably what will happen.
      They might not be crediting them directly, but hip hop absolutely had an impact on rock music. Acts like Linkin Par, RHCP, Rage Against the Machine, countless 90's Nu Metal acts were all influenced by rap and hip hop. Whether you like this music, or not is irrelevant. Bands like Korn, Saliva, and Limp Bizkit all have there place in the history of rock music. So whether or not the impact of hip hop on rock music was good or bad, the large impact still remains. And it is because of this impact that hip hop bands and artists are being recognized by the HoF.
      I'm not sure why I didn't take the contribution hip hop made to nu-metal into account after reading this. I can agree with that point.
      Most histories of rock n roll do include the history of rap music. Why? Because rap music grew out of the same tradition as rock music. Essentially, rap music took rock music's minamilism even further (loops) and essentially froze the melody in time. Whereas rock music traditionally grew out of three chords (I IV V) rap music began by emphasizing really just one chord hence the rap.
      By that definition, I expect to see Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, and other composers because they inspired the neoclassical shred era in the 80s.
      If Randy Newman wins, I want everyone to know that I was the one who predicted it. And I don't want him to win... but knowing R&R Hall of Fame's track record... be prepared for even more disappointment.
      Randy Newman? Seriously? Fucking seriously? The high point of his career was the ****ing Toy Story score...
      no he has several what are regarded as classic albums. I like how people are talking about Joan Jett and Randy Newman as if they are just one hit wonders, they aren't exactly MC Hammer. Randy Newman has been nominated for twenty Academy Awards, winning twice. He has also won three Emmys, five Grammy Awards, the Governor's Award from the Recording Academy, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. So I would say it is a deserved entry. Most artist who are nominated for the RnR are pretty outstanding artist, whether you agree or don't agree that is fine, but I think the nominees are pretty solid.
      Here's an idea- replace NWA with Iron Maiden, Public Enemy with Judas Priest, and Kraftwerk with King f***ing Crimson!
      Im sure robert fripp would say that kraftwerk deserve it more tbh all he ever says is nice things about other bands