The nominees for the 2012 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced, with a varied list of candidates sure to get the debates flowing once more around the controversially-selective organization.
80s emo godfathers The Cure, hip-hop duo Eric B. and Rakim, punk-rock outfit Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and rock legends Guns ‘N’ Roses are all first-time nominees to the Rock Hall, while Beastie Boys and Red Hot Chili Peppers have had last year's nomination reinstated, placing them in contention once more.
To be eligible for inclusion in the Hall, 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. There have been contentious discussions around not only the Rock Hall's selection process but in its existence at all, an organization based on seemingly arbitrary tastes and musical priorities. There's even a "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Sucks" Facebook group.
The induction will take place April 14 in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's headquarters.
The full list of eligible candidates is posted below.
Eric B. & Rakim
Guns ‘N Roses
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rufus with Chaka Khan
The Small Faces/The Faces