Followers of Rush have long wondered why their favorite band is not in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, but perhaps the group's fans will now have something to celebrate. The Canadian trio is on the ballot to be a possible inductee for the class of 2013, along with Rap pioneers Public Enemy and N.W.A., Disco greats Donna Summer and Chic, and Classic Rockers like Deep Purple, Heart and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
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 2013 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1987. Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 600 artists, historians and members of the music industry, and for the first time, fans will be allowed to vote for their selections as well. From now until December 5, fans can vote on www.RollingStone.com for the nominees they'd like to see inducted, and the top five acts will comprise a "fan's ballot" that will count as one of the more than 600 ballots that determine the class of 2013.
"The definition of Rock and Roll means different things to different people, but as broad as the classifications may be, they all share a common love of the music," commented Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. "This year we again proudly put forth a fantastic array of groups and artists that span the entire genre that is Rock and Roll."
Other names on the ballot include The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Albert King, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, The Meters, Randy Newman and Procol Harum. The 28th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Thursday, April 18, 2013. The show will be broadcast on HBO at a later date.