Nominees for the next class inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced -- and, for whatever it's worth to you, fans are now part of the voting process.
The performers up for enshrinement are ...
- Paul Butterfield Blues Band
- Deep Purple
- Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
- Albert King
- the Marvelettes
- the Meters
- Randy Newman
- Procul Harum
- Public Enemy
- Donna Summer
Previously chosen by a mysterious panel of artists, critics and experts, the selection of 2013 R&R Hall of Fame inductees will include input from fans.
Through Dec. 5, fans can vote at RollingStone.com. The top five acts from those votes will constitute a "fan's ballot." Sound exciting? Well, that fan's ballot will be merely one of the more than 600 ballots determining the inductees.
Results will be announced in mid-December, and the ceremony will take place next April in Los Angeles.
The rap groups N.W.A. and Public Enemy made the cut in their first year of eligibility. Rush has been eligible since 1998 -- good to see the prog-pop trio finally showing up here.
My own political pitch: The Meters were one of the hardest working and most significant underpinnings of American funk and rock and roll from a southerly direction. If you're voting, by all means, spare a check mark for them and do the "Cissy Strut" with pride ...