2013 Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame nominees

6:29 PM, Dec 11, 2012   |    comments
(L-R) Ahmet Ertegun Award recipients Lou Adler and Quincy Jones stand with inductees Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of Heart and Flea during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees announcement at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on December 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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USA TODAY -- Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush and Donna Summer made the cut. The newly announced class of 2013 will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18 in at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

The ceremony, in L.A. for the first time since Cream was inducted in 1993, will be broadcast at 9 p.m. ET/PT May 18 on HBO. Tickets go on sale to the public on Jan. 25, with Rock Hall members getting a shot at advance sales (details at rockhall.com).

For the first time, fans were invited to cast votes, and their top five made up a single ballot, which was then tallied with those submitted by the hall's voting body of more than 500 artists, historians and music industry professionals.

Artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first record. Public Enemy enters the hall in its first year of eligibility, but others have been cooling their heels for an invite. Rush, on the preliminary ballot for the first time but eligible since 1998, led the public vote.

Heart, on the ballot the past two years, has been eligible since 2001. Newman, an early-rounder in 2005, was eligible in 1990. First-time nominee King, who died in 1992, was eligible in 1987. And Summer, who was eligible since 1999, died in May and was considered in five of the past six years.

The six survived a pruning process that left behind 2013 nominees Chic, Kraftwerk, Deep Purple, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Marvelettes, the Meters, N.W.A. and Procol Harum.

The Ahmet Ertegun Award given to non-performers will go to producers Lou Adler and Quincy Jones.

Though he expects the usual grumbles from fans of snubbed artists, "it's a list most people will be happy with," says Steven Van Zandt, guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and a member of the Rock Hall board that determines the early ballot.

Van Zandt, a booster for Procol Harum and the Butterfield band, expressed disappointment but lauded the eclectic picks, hailing Heart for its "wonderful female rock duo" and King as "one of the most influential guitar players in history."

"I enjoy the diversity of this list," he says. "The frustration is that there's a wealth of artists that deserve to be in and we can only get five or six in every year. There are dozens, probably hundreds, at this point who deserve to be in."

Snapshots of the inductees:

Heart. The Seattle band led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson crafted a savvy blend of rock crunch and creamy balladry, generating a steady stream of hits that included Magic Man, Heartless, Barracuda and Crazy on You.

Albert King. Fans of Cream and Jimi Hendrix soon discovered the source of those mournful blues licks in the trove of King's Stax recordings, which imprinted Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Johnny Winter.

Randy Newman. The pop satirist, best known for Short People and I Love L.A., has been writing and singing witty, sentimental and politically pointed tunes for four decades.

Public Enemy. Led by Chuck D, the politically charged rap group mixed stinging commentary with sonic brilliance on such milestones as 1990's Fear of a Black Planet.

Rush. The Canadian prog-rock band never shied from bombast or grand ideas in executing ambitious concept albums, epic tunes and familiar hits Tom Sawyer and New World Man.

Donna Summer. Bringing equal measures of church and sex to the dance floor, the Queen of Disco racked up hits Hot Stuff, Bad Girls, MacArthur Park and She Works Hard for the Money.

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