Motown's The Marvelettes are making their first appearance on the nominees list. Per About.com Oldies guru Robert Fontenot, "The Marvelettes got Motown their first Number One hit, and in the process established the girl group as an undeniable hit-making genre of its own with songs such as 'Please Mister Postman,' 'Playboy' and 'Beechwood 4-5789'."
This the second nomination for New Orleans funk band, The Meters. Among their early members were two of the Neville brothers (Art and Cyril) and their credits include session work with Paul McCartney and Robert Palmer.
- Watch The Meters performance of their 1969 hit, "Cissy Strut" at the 1993 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
Hip hop / gangsta rappers N.W.A. are nominees for the first time. The Rock Hall's description: "one of the most important groups in hip-hop history ... aggressive, boundary smashing."
First time nominees Public Enemy use hip-hop as a vehicle for criticizing the media and dealing the issues affecting the African Americans.