The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its list of nominees for 2013. This isn't the list of acts who will get in, this is the list of act that voters will choose from to determine who gets in.
They are: Donna Summer, Lankenau Hospital-born Joan Jett, The Meters, Public Enemy, N.W.A., Albert King, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Heart, Randy Newman, Procol Harum, Rush, the Marvellettes, Deep Purple and Chic.
You have to have been making music for 25 years to qualify, so incendiary rappers N.W.A are eligible for the first time. Among the list of artists that the Rock Hall draws the most persistent for excluding, there are four - disco queen Summer, German techno innvocators Kraftwerk, pop-funk-disco architects Chic and Canadian prog-rock trio Rush - who have a shot this year. Long suffering make-up wearers Kiss do not.
The recently deceased Summer is a sure bet to get in, as are political sloganeering rappers Public Enemy, and probably Kraftwerk, who were feted at the Museum of Modern Art this year. Other than that, it looks wide open to me. The induction ceremony will be held in Los Angeles in April of next year. Chic's "Le Freak" is below.