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.
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Singer-songwriter Randy Newman is on the nominees list for the second time. The man who wrote and sang of the plight of "Short People" and gently invited us to "Sail Away" has won six Grammy Awards, two Oscars and three Emmy awards.
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."
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First time nominees Public Enemy use hip-hop as a vehicle for criticizing the media and dealing the issues affecting the African Americans.
Ballots will be mailed to music industry voters, who will determine the list of those who will make the cut and be inducted into the Rock Hall. The inductees will be announced in early December.
For the first time, fans will have a vote (literally, one vote.) Until December 3, fans may go to the Rolling Stone website
and vote. The fan votes will be tallied, and the top five vote-getters will constitute a "fan's ballot," one of the 600+ total.
For only the second time in its 28 year history, the induction ceremony will be held in Los Angeles, at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13. HBO will record for later telecast.