The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2013 have been announced, with a wider-than-ever spectrum of artists up for the rather ambiguous distinction. This year's hopefuls are 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, Procul Harum, Public Enemy, Randy Newman and Rush.
With N.W.A. and Public Enemy at the forefront of Hip-Hop's leap into artistic legitimacy, this year's selected group represents a landmark transition for the spectrum of inclusion in the Rock Hall.
“The definition of ‘rock and 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, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “This year we again proudly put forth a fantastic array of groups and artists that span the entire genre that is ‘rock and roll’.”
To be nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, each artist or group must have released their first single or album at least 25 years ago. The acts with the most votes will be inducted on April 18 at the Nokia Theater L.A. live in Los Angeles.