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Metallica, The Stooges, Run-DMC Lead Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

September 22, 2008 12:01 AM ET

Metallica, Run-DMC and the Stooges are among the nominees for the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class. For the first time in 12 years, the ceremony will be held April 4th in Cleveland, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Other nominees include Jeff Beck, Chic, Wanda Jackson, War, Little Anthony and the Imperials and Bobby Womack.

If Run-DMC get voted in, they will be the second hip-hop group behind 2008 inductees Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five. First-time nominees Metallica have grabbed the honor in only their second year of eligibility, while fellow first timers the Stooges have been eligible for well over a decade. This marks the fifth time that Chic has been nominated for the Hall. Tickets for the ceremony — which will be held at Cleveland's Public Hall — will be made available to the public, a Hall of Fame first.

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