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.

  • 278 comments sorted by best / new / date

      SergioA20
      Deep Purple and Rush... ABOUT TIME!
      hellfireshell
      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.
      trogdor136
      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.
      hellfireshell
      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.
      trogdor136
      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.
      ibanez124
      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.
      nedthehead
      ... 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?
      ginsufrenzy
      Whose excited to see Blackmore with Deep Purple again??
      PuckMugger
      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.
      Mouloudo
      just needs Iron maiden in addition of these two and the 3 biggest omission of the RNRHOF are redeemed
      miahdoll
      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.
      mop10893
      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.
      TheWarpRider
      ROCK N ROLL HALL OF FAME Y U NO PUT ONLY ROCK?
      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 ?
      TimTheWizard
      Same here. I love Kraftwerk, but Kraftwerk's NO r&r. FAR FROM IT!
      tompac5
      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.
      EyesWideOpen
      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)
      BurnedGuitarist
      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.
      Alcofuel
      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.
      denzer1992
      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!
      iplayat11
      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.
      JMV12
      By that definition, I expect to see Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, and other composers because they inspired the neoclassical shred era in the 80s.
      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.
      on3andth3sam3
      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.
      iplayat11
      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.
      Alcofuel
      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.
      rebreh
      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.
      qrEE
      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.
      MrCloudshoe
      Randy Newman? Seriously? Fucking seriously? The high point of his career was the ****ing Toy Story score...
      mckenna64
      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.
      Megadeth2011
      Here's an idea- replace NWA with Iron Maiden, Public Enemy with Judas Priest, and Kraftwerk with King f***ing Crimson!
      LaughingWater2
      Im sure robert fripp would say that kraftwerk deserve it more tbh all he ever says is nice things about other bands
      Floyd Phoenix
      It's funny because from what I heard Rush are probably gonna turn down the offer... They don't need some stupid hall of fame; they're Rush for crying out loud.
      N-D
      Kraftwerk (who actually are pioneers of electronic music), N.W.A. and Public Enemy (who are classic hip-hop bands)?! I really respect these bands - but is not this is ROCK Hall Of Hame? Although, while Madonna was inducted in ROCK Hall Of Fame in 2008, then this is not the strangest nominees...
      bearmod
      It's about god damn time that Rush got in. On a side note, why is NWA being nominated?
      liam_gal
      because they invented gangsta rap and were the first to rap about life on the streets?
      bearmod
      Ok so why don't you explain to me how gangsta rap has even an iota of relation to rock'n'roll
      on3andth3sam3
      Anthrax+ Public Enemy, Korn, Slipknot, Limp Biscuit, RATM, Mudvayne. Nu Metal wouldn't exist without gangsta rap. Wether that is a good or bad thing is irrelevant, it's still part of rock history. Just because they don't write rock music doesn't mean they didn't influence it.
      miahdoll
      So, you're sayin N.W.A and Public Enemy "INFLUENCED" Rock? I think Rock has been around just a lil longer than they have.
      mop10893
      just for saying Limp Bizkit, your post lost all credibility.
      on3andth3sam3
      And you lost credibility for not reading my entire post. I didn't say I liked them. Hell, I don't like half of the bands I listed. I'm just pointing out examples.
      PuckMugger
      Nu Metal wouldn't exist w/o gangsta rap you say??? I therefore curse gangsta rap even more!!!
      dennis.1960
      What does gangsta rap or rapping about life on the streets possibly have to do with rock 'n roll?
      SUICIDEXX666
      still disrespectful glad that deep purple is nominated but they chose now to induct them after jon lord pass away DISRESPECTFUL
      HigherThanAMile
      Rush and Deep Purple....finally. Donna Summer, NWA, Chic, and several of the other Class of 2013 Rock and Roll HOF nominees are NOT Rock and Roll by any means whatsoever. NWA. LOL
      crazysam23_Atax
      Just like Run DMC wasn't rock either, last year. It's stupid.
      HigherThanAMile
      Run DMC had some great guitar work in some of their early releases (Rock Box), and they connected rock and roll with rap when they covered "Walk this way" with Aerosmith. They have a place there.
      Maiden95
      This morning after reading the list of nominees I was Geddy.. Excuse me.. Giddy with excitement. I was so happy that RUSH and Deep F*cking Purple finally got some respect from the boners in the voting committee. Then I realized.. It only took Jon Lord dying to make this happen. Disrespect either way you look at it really. I really hope Rush an DP get the nod, but I really hope after that they tell the fine establishment in Cleveland to suck their royal c*cks. Thank you, that is all.
      mop10893
      Geddy and Alex were on That Metal Show and Eddie Trunk asked them if they care as much about it as their fans do. Without hesitation they said almost simultaneously "no".
      Maiden95
      Yeah I remember that...WAY back in season one..where has the time gone?! Anyway, they have said many times they don't care and honestly would prefer not to be inducted at this point, but they know the fans want it. Go Rush..
      RGallagherFan
      The Moody Blues, King Crimson, Rory Gallagher, The Guess Who, Rush, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Jethro Tull, Love, MC5, Gram Parsons/Flying Burrito Bros, SRV, T. Rex, The Jam, Motorhead, Captain Beefheart, Steppenwolf, ELO, Boston, Joe Cocker, Tim Buckley, Joan Baez, Them, Iron Butterfly, Ten Years After, The Stray Cats, Mountain, Vanilla Fudge, Joe Jackson, Free, Nico, The Red Krayola, The 13th Floor Elevators, The Easybeats, Blind Faith, April Wine etc etc etc should all be in the Hall of Fame already. Not some rappers, recently deceased divas, or some bubblegum pop singers.
      Charlie4
      "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a piss stain" - Sex Pistols. They are speaking only the truth . Bands that made the hard yards over the years still do not get deserved recognition. If I were any of the mentioned bands and were selected I'd just give them the finger. Absolute joke.
      Josh Reubenking
      The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is nothing but a joke. Seriously. They go after the biggest selling, most successful artists rather than true talent. Don't get me wrong, they've got talented people in there, but they also are big selling artists. It's become nothing but a popularity contest now. Plus they've ignored artists who've been out much longer than 25 years. Not to mention, Madonna, Michael Jackson, The Jackson 5, LL Cool J's been nominated, they are NOT rock music whatsoever. They've put pop and R&B in the ROCK AND ROLL hall of fame. It's a joke. Just like the Grammy's, the VMAs, the MTV Awards, etc. A popularity contest. Nothing more. Agree with me or not, but that's just my opinion, and how I see it.
      hotdogs585
      absolutely correct, the rock n roll hall of fame is very anti rock and goes against everything true rock represents.
      mckenna64
      Usually popular artist are remembered, name the top 10 Rock albums of the 60s and 70's I can pretty much guarantee they will be popular. While you mostly get popularity with little talent, those quickly come and go, talent and popularity sometimes collide and they are the ones people regard as greats. While the rock and roll hall of fame is no longer rock and roll, I think it needed to branch out as rock and roll has evolved into other genres and straight up rock and roll has been dead since 1959 pretty much. Are Rush or Pink Floyd Rock and Roll? No one ever questions them. They may have more in common than rap, but I'm sure rap has roots in previous genres like rock and roll, which too was evolution of rhythm and blues music.
      Jesus_Dean
      Please RUSH...just say "thanx, but no thanx." Being lumped in with N.W.A. and the others is an insult.
      hotdogs585
      NWA are actually phenomenal, however the rock n roll hall of fame is the exact opposite of what real rock stands for
      RKOStyles
      I think the R&RHOF isn't so much about Rock even though it has the name, it's about who did what in music and their importance(KISS hasn't gotten in probably because of Gene Simmons but whatever). As much as they aren't Rock, I still voted for Public Enemy and NWA along with Rush and Deep Purple. PE and NWA are VERY important in not only music but Rap.
      ne14t
      Holy Shit, NWA and Public Enemy are you ****ing serious... Deep Purple Rush Procul Harum Albert King Joan Jett Heart Induct them, done tell the rest better luck next time.
      goochmaster15
      Well, I can see Public Enemy being there, seeing as they made "Bring The Noise" with Anthrax, and "Bring The Noise" IS a very influential song.
      aids9999
      I honestly don't want Rush to win. Not being part of the RoRHoF is unique to Rush. They're better than that. The whole institution is a joke and they are staying clean, untainted.
      logicbdj
      Still no 'in' for KISS. It's not like I'm a huge Kiss fan, but I liked them when I was younger. But really... after all their albums and how friggin' huge they were and continue to be, this is retarded.
      IrishConnor1994
      Really? Their inductiong rap groups like NWA and Public Enemy, but not ROCK bands like KISS and Alice Cooper? These bands have been eligable for over ten years, how are they not in?
      headstone05
      Cooper is in.
      IrishConnor1994
      My bad lol I thought he wasn't. When did he get in?
      third(-)eye
      God damn it, that wasn't supposed to be a reply. Debug your ****ing comment section, UG.
      third(-)eye
      If Rush doesn't win, I will personally waltz down there and stab all of the decision-makers. Except I won't because a) that's frowned upon and b) it's just the HOF. But still, they better watch out.
      IrishConnor1994
      haha we've all considered that, but it's easier to just accept the Hall of Fame is a joke. How can you call it "The ROCK N' ROLL Hall of Fame" when Madona and LL Cool J are in, and KISS, Rush, and other far more iconic bands aren't.
      Wolfscar
      No surprises if they **** it up again and give it to a band completely irrelevant to rock and roll.
      StarkeVonOben
      well I can see at least 10 artists on this list that shoudnt be on it and no Motorhead. When will I see Motorhead nominated??? Come on...
      iommi600
      Well, since it's about rock and roll, I'd go with Deep Purple and Rush, but there's plenty of other great bands in the list.
      goochmaster15
      Wait, what? NWA? THAT'S considered rock? And I thought Randy Newman was stretching it a little bit...
      XYL
      don't wanna live to see the day when justin bieber gets in before the foo fighters...
      booby50
      I love NWA and Public Enemy, but this is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, not the rap hall of fame. That being said, Rush, DP and Heart for the win.
      Izzy-Sweet
      How the hell are Deep Purple not already in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame? A band, present from the late 60s that influenced hard rock and heavy metal from it's earliest beginnings. Fucking.. seriously?
      CoolMcAwesome
      They should just change the flippin name to "Music Hall of Fame", and possibly create categories. Anyway, I'm hoping that Rush, Deep Purple, and Heart all get something.
      xplosive59
      So many bands that deserve in this year! Rush, Deep Purple, Kraftwerk and Public Enemy to name a few.
      crazysam23_Atax
      Why would Kraftwerk or Public Enemy (not rock groups) belong in the RnR HoF?
      xplosive59
      Because it is just a name now, years ago they would not of been allowed in but nowadays it is not uncommon for a non-rock band to be allowed in. Public Enemy have had a massive influence on bands like RATM. Kraftwerk are Krautrock and electronica hybrid that still has a massive influence on avant-garde rock music today.
      Imadeanaccount
      Because Kraftwreck are a krautrock group, and just because they Incorporated instruments outside of of the 4 piece rock band, doesn't exclude them from this nomination. Them along with Can were almost as influential as The Beatles if you payed ANY attention to music outside of radio rock. Without them you'd see far less synthpop, no wave, early post rock, noise rock, and even grunge bands in tertiary terms. Not to mention outside of rock music.
      xplosive59
      Nicely said. I agree with your point about Can as well, them and Faust had a massive influence on intellectual rock music.
      RichieJovie
      Joan Jett??? for what?
      schirripar
      So I guess "WHERE'S RUSH?" doesn't work anymore... ok guys... time to move on... Where's Dream Theater?
      theguitaristdud
      Well dream theater still has about 2 more years before they're eligible and lets hope to GOD!!! That they get in ASAP
      headstone05
      At this point it's apparent to me that they're just going to add rap and pop artists as well. I've kinda, sorta made peace with it and personally refer to it as the music hall of fame. If it were actually referred to as such I'd vote NWA and Public Enemy