With each year's announcement of the latest nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame comes a familiar outcry about the number of artists from other genres (rap/hip-hop, disco, pop) who are considered ahead of rock artists.
In announcing the nominees for induction in 2013, Rock Hall president/CEO Joel Peresman acknowledged the seeming contradiction while defending it. "The definition of 'rock & roll' means different things to different people," said Peresman, "but as broad as the classifications may be, they all share a common love of the music."
Here are the latest nominees, starting with the artists of greatest interest to classic rock fans (the first seven) followed by this year's disco, r&b, rap, and other representatives.
Bands who have even ventured close to progressive rock have historically been overlooked by the Rock Hall, so the inclusion of Rush among the nominees is significant. They have been eligible for induction since 1999, but this is the first time they've been nominated.
Back in 2010, guitarist Alex Lifeson told Classic Rock
magazine, "I kinda like the status quo, where they don’t want us in there and we don’t really want to be there." But the official band statement diplomatically avoided any direct reference to past snubs. "We are especially thrilled for the many, many dedicated fans to whom this nomination is so very important," the statement said.