The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame today announced in nominees for induction in 2012.
An artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years before nomination, so we're up to 1986 for the cut-off. And the nominees are ...
The nominees are chosen by a committee of 40 critics and musicologists. More than 500 similar somebodies now pick at least five from that list to bestow enshrinement in the Cleveland museum at the 27th Annual Induction Ceremony next April.
Guns N' Roses, the late-'80s hard rock band, and Eric B. & Rakim, pillars of early hip-hop, are nominated in their first year of eligibility.
GNR's Axl Rose has been estranged from his founding bandmates for some time; it'll be interesting to see who attends the ceremony and if they play nice, if inducted.
Eric B. & Rakim is a refreshing pick, if only because just two hip-hop acts have thus far been inducted: Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five and Run D.M.C.
This is the first nomination for the Cure, Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Spinners and Chicagoan-Texan guitarist Freddie King.
Notable snub: Bon Jovi was nominated but not inducted last year; this year, the guy/band doesn't get a second chance.
And still no Chicago.