2013 Rock Hall Nominees Announced: Rush, Public Enemy, Heart & More

Plenty of Hip-Hop and long-favored acts in this year's wide-ranging Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

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.

This year marks a new process of selecting winners, wherein the public gets to vote alongside the artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body for the first time in history. From now through Dec. 5, fans can vote on RollingStone.com for the nominees they'd prefer. The top five acts will then make up a "fan's ballot" that will count as just one among over 600 ballots that determine the Class of 2013. The results will be announced in mid-December.

Wait, so the fans can all vote, and the results go on one ballot to be included in 600 others? That doesn't sound anything at all like pivotal participation, or even a meaningful one at that. Then again, plenty have criticized the Rock Hall not only for its selection and nomination process, but its relevance overall.