The Class of 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Are Named

The nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2012 have arrived. The newly nominated are:

  • Guns N’ Roses
  • Heart
  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  • The Cure
  • the Small Faces/Faces
  • Freddie King
  • Eric B. and Rakim
  • the Spinners
  • Rufus with Chaka Khan

Nominees from years past who have yet to make the cut but are on the ballot again are:

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Beastie Boys
  • Laura Nyro
  • Donna Summer
  • War
  • Donovan

While the seemingly arbitrary awards are one step above the Grammys on the To-Be-Taken-Seriously scale, the induction ceremony is at least more entertaining than the music awards ceremony perfectly ridiculed in this exchange on the Simpsons:

Homer: Oh, why won’t anyone give me an award?

Lisa: You won a Grammy.

Homer: I mean an award that’s worth winning.

And then the bottom of the screen reads: “LEGAL DISCLAIMER: Mr. Simpson’s opinions do not reflect those of the producers, who don’t consider the Grammy an award at all.”

The basic rules of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Process, as according to the official website, read:

To be eligible for induction as an artist (as a performer, composer, or musician) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the artist must have released a record, in the generally accepted sense of that phrase, at least 25 years prior to the year of induction; and have demonstrated unquestionable musical excellence.

We shall consider factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique, but musical excellence shall be the essential qualification of induction.

If that’s the case, then why the hell did it take 16 years for the Stooges to get inducted? Riddle me that. And, dear Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, how is it that ABBA has been inducted but not Kiss? Christ knows I’m not anything remotely close to being considered a fan of the band Kiss, but, seriously, ABBA? And not Kiss? Rock and roll what?

Anyhow, let’s guess which 5 are going to be members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2012. There’s no set number, so it could be more than that, but let’s stick with 5. Remember, this is a list of who will be inducted and not necessarily who deserves to be. My five are listed below. What’s yours?

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Donna Summer
  • the Small Faces/Faces
  • Heart
  • the Spinners

If you get all five right, maybe I’ll buy you a drink.

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