Janet Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, NWA, Smiths Lead Rock Hall Nominees

The Cars, Chic and Yes are also on the ballot.

By Brian Ives 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their nominees for the 2016 induction ceremony, and the class ranges from hardcore hip-hop to industrial metal, disco to post-punk, classic rock to R&B.

The full list of nominees is:
Chicago
Cheap Trick
Deep Purple
The Cars
Chaka Khan
Chic
• The J.B.’s
Janet Jackson
Los Lobos
Steve Miller
N.W.A.
Nine Inch Nails
The Smiths
• The Spinners
Yes

While some of the bands, including Chicago, Deep Purple and Yes, have had revolving door lineups through their careers, the Hall of Fame has not yet indicated which members will be included. But the show does offer the possibility of some reunions, including Chicago with former bassist/singer Peter Cetera, Deep Purple with former guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, Yes with former singer Jon Anderson, and Cheap Trick with former drummer Bun E. Carlos.

Related: N.W.A is the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame’s Biggest Miss Yet

The surviving members of N.W.A. have appeared together recently to promote their hugely successful biopic, Straight Outta Compton, and if inducted, the promise of a N.W.A. performance would be a huge draw.

Related: Chic’s Nile Rodgers: ‘Duran Duran is Truly Like My Second Band’

Janet Jackson and Nine Inch Nails still headline huge venues as they did during their commercial heydays, as does former Smiths singer Morrissey. But the odds of a Smiths reunion seem remote, to say the least, as Morrissey has reportedly turned down large offers to play with his former bandmates.

Related: Obit: Chris Squire of Yes, Remembered

And for those unfamiliar with the J.B.’s: they are James Brown’s former band who also released music on their own. Their lineup over the years included, among others,  Bootsy and Catfish Collins, Bobby Byrd, Jabo Starks. Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker and their classics included “Pass The Peas,” “Gimme Some More,” and “Doing It To Death.”

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2016 Nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1990.

Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 800 artists, historians and members of the music industry.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will again offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning October 8 and continuing through December 9, 2015 fans can visit rockhall.com to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2016 inductees.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 inductees will be announced in December.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 Inductions will be held in New York in April 2016 and HBO will again broadcast the ceremony later in 2016. Venue and ticket on-sale information will be announced at a later date.

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