With the July 16 release of Philip Anselmo's first solo album 'Walk Through Exits…
- Posted on Sep 27th 2011 10:29AM by Dan Reilly
Among the first-time nominees this year are hard-rock legends Guns N' Roses, goth/New Wave heroes the Cure, hip-hop pioneers Eric B. and Rakim, and two of the most influential female-fronted groups, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Heart.
Previous nominees who again made the cut include two stalwarts who've released acclaimed albums this year, Beastie Boys and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Donovan, Freddie King, Laura Nyro, Rufus With Chaka Khan, the Small Faces/Faces, the Spinners, Donna Summer and War round out the list.
Earlier this year, former GNR guitarist Slash discussed the band's potential nomination with Spinner. "If they're gonna pass you over, I don't think it's worth worrying about too much," he said. "But at the same time it's nice to be recognized by your peers, so yeah, everybody wants to be mentioned. But if they don't mention you, you can't take it too seriously because they miss a lot of really important people every year."
As for Heart, singer Ann Wilson told us in June, "That would be such an honor. I mean, that's about recognition from one's peers so of course, we'd love it. But hey, if it doesn't happen, it's not going to change the way we do anything.
In less cheerful news, both Bon Jovi and LL Cool J, who were nominated in 2011, failed to make the cut this year. Other acts that are perennially mentioned as contenders but remain overlooked are Rush, Kiss and Willie Nelson. To be eligible, artists had to have released their first single or album 25 years prior to the nomination, meaning this year's class kicked off their recording careers no later than 1986.
The induction will take place April 14 in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's headquarters.