The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has revealed its 15 nominees for 2013 with fans able to cast votes for the first time.
From today until December 5, fans can cast votes for their favorite artists at several sites, and the top five acts chosen by those votes will become part of a special fans’ ballot that combines fan voting with the international voting body of over 600 artists, historians, and music industry members.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rules stipulate that nominated artists must have released their work at least 25 years prior to being placed on the ballot. This means any acts who released their debut single in 1987 are now eligible, which has paved the way for the likes of hip-hop acts N.W.A. and Public Enemy to appear on the 2013 shorlist.
As well as N.W.A. and Public Enemy, other first-time nominees include Rush, Deep Purple, Albert King, The Marvelettes, and Procol Harum. Those artists join a number of acts who have appeared on ballots in previous years: Chic, Heart, Donna Summer, Kraftwerk, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Randy Newman, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and The Meters.
The eventual winners will be revealed in December, and the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be staged on April 18, 2013 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. HBO will air the show at a later date that has yet to be announced.
So, who would your choices be? I’d have to go with Kraftwerk from those nominated, though I confess a couple of 2013’s names are new to me. Let us know your picks in the comments, folks.