Donna Summer Nominated To Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame For Fifth Time

For the fifth time, Donna Summer is among the fourteen acts nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Summer, who died of lung cancer* in May, was also nominated four of the last five years, but has been overlooked despite numerous Grammy wins, including one for Best Rock Vocal Performance. Artists become eligible 25 years after the domestic release of their first commercial full-length record.

Here’s the full list, from which five will be chosen: Donna Summer, Joan Jett, The Meters, Public
Enemy, N.W.A., Albert King, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk,
Randy Newman, Procol Harum, Rush, the Marvellettes, Deep Purple and

For the first time ever, fans get to weigh in on this year’s inductees, although the “fans ballot” will apparently count as only one of the 600 ballots distributed to artists, music critics, and industry insiders. You can vote for your top five selections at Rolling Stone(Via Randy Report)

RELATED: This is Chic’s seventh nomination. They and Donna Summer are considered by some to be this year’s favorites.

* Summer claimed that her lung cancer was contracted due to exposure to toxic chemicals blown into her downtown Manhattan home after the attack on the World Trade Center.

  • If Procol Harum, Rush, or Deep Purple get in before her or Joan Jett, im gonna be pissed.

  • JustMeeeee

    Yep, 600 ballots are distributed, then a select group of old farts sits around and chooses who gets in, ignoring the ballots and the fans. She ain't gonna be one, not now, not ever.



  • fariasrv

    Until Heart is inducted, the Hall of Fame will remain a complete joke.

  • AndyinChicago

    Why hasn't ELO ever gotten into this stupid Hall of Fame? That's some BS.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    The whole idea of a "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame" strikes me as bizarre, kind of like having a Jazz Standards and Practices Commission. It's just not very, well, rock & roll.

  • Amanda B. Rekendwith

    Don't evah, evah leave your cake out in the rain.
    A total blast from the past…on 12" vinyl no less!

  • Blobby

    The RnR Hall is a joke – especially the nomination and selection. It's only a matter of time before Corey Hart gets in. The rules are of who gets in – even within a band, which members – is flexible. I give it up to the Dead who REFUSED to be inducted unless every band member who ever was in the Dead was allowed. You can't say that for the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Metallica, etc.

  • I would still be so excited to see Donna get inducted. She's well overdue…and missed.

  • Jack


    The bestest birthday present I've ever gotten was being taken to see Donna Summer, 4 summers ago.

    And, of course, I grew up with the Marvelettes. I'd still have their 45's if my sister hadn't lent them to a friend of hers.

  • ClevelandJim

    They better do right by her this time, the muthafukkas!

  • beeblmeyer

    Rush – absolutely.
    Chic – sure.
    Deep Purple – yes.
    Randy Newman – a Susan Lucci pity yes.
    The rest – ambivalent.

  • beeblmeyer

    Loving it.

  • beeblmeyer


  • I *love* Joan Jett. "I Hate Myself for Loving You" was my theme song for several years. OK, it took me a while to get the hang of the dating thing. 😉

  • HA!

  • Tone

    Agreed, but then I am duty bound to support the good Canuck band 🙂
    A part of me wants to see the late Donna Summer inducted though, call it a wistful and bittersweet remembrance.

  • beeblmeyer

    I would never try to deny you that, dear Tone.
    As I said, either/or be fine by me.


    She sang us all to sleep in the 70s.
    Trocadero couldn't close without her.

  • John patrick

    Have it too! Played it over last weekend.

  • Dave From Canada

    There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to who is inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. For instance, the first big pop female star, Connie Francis, who really does have a beautiful voice and many hits, has never made it. Likewise, Dionne Warwick and Petula Clark. There really is sexism going on with this institution against female singers, especially those who have the softer, more ballad-like voices.
    This time around, The Meters, Randy Newman, Kraftwerk – these are not exactly rock icons with a lot of hits.
    I suspect Donna Summer is getting the sympathy vote because she just recently died. That's fine, but don't forget about other important female singers, like the above mentioned. Their contributions to music count a great deal, too.
    I find the list of nominees to be more and more pointless, and at times, downright bizarre.

  • beeblmeyer

    For that alone, yes…