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