Q101.com can’t live in a world where Abba is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but not the Beastie Boys. They’ve had quite a year…it may get better (not that we think they care about something like this). The Cure would get our vote if we didn’t sit through two stunningly and unnecessarily boring shows of theirs in the 90s. The Chili Peppers, to us, seems like a slam dunk too. We shall see. Read on:
Nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2012 are in. Guns N’ Roses, the Cure, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Eric B. and Rakim, the Spinners, the Small Faces/Faces, Freddy King and Rufus with Chaka Khan are all hitting the ballot for the first time, while previous nominees Beastie Boys, Laura Nyro, War, Donovan and Red Hot Chili Peppers also made the cut. The top vote-getters will be inducted on April 14th, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio, home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Artists that released their their first single or album in 1986 or earlier were eligible for this year’s ballot. “The 2012 Nominees embody the broad scope of what ‘rock & roll’ means,” said Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “From vocal groups to hip-hop, from singer-songwriters to hard rocking artists, this group represents the spirit of what we celebrate at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”