The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just announced this year’s nominees for induction into its ranks. The 15 nominees — including Janet Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths and Chaka Khan — span many genres, styles and time periods, though to qualify, they have to have released their first album or single at least 25 years ago.
Here’s the full list of nominees, in alphabetical order:
- Cheap Trick
- Deep Purple
- The Cars
- Chaka Khan
- The J.B.’s
- Janet Jackson
- Los Lobos
- Steve Miller
- Nine Inch Nails
- The Smiths
- The Spinners
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — located in Cleveland, Ohio — doesn’t have a set number of slots open for induction each year, though a representative said that they usually aim to admit five performers, plus several more in other categories.
The final list of inductees will be determined by votes from more than 800 musical artists, professionals and historians from around the world; each will be able to select up to five of the nominees.
In addition, fans everywhere will be able to vote for inductees online — including right here:
The five artists that get the most votes from online fans will be added to a “fans ballot” that will be tallied along with the ballots from the Hall of Fame’s panel.
The names of the inductees will be revealed in December, and the actual induction will take place April 2016 in New York City.
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