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)
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* 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.