Rock Hall of Fame: Janet Jackson, N.W.A, NIN, the Smiths Lead Nominees

Yes, Chicago, Deep Purple and Cheap Trick also in contention for Class of 2016, with voting again open to fans

Nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include Janet Jackson, N.W.A, Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths, Yes, Chicago, Deep Purple and many others Credit: Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty, Vanhee/Hollandse Hoogte/Redux, JC Olivera/WireImage/Getty, Clare Muller/Redferns/Getty

The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 are in, and the list includes Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, the Cars, Janet JacksonN.W.A, Nine Inch Nailsthe Smiths and Yes. The rest of this year's hopefuls are Chaka KhanChic, The J.B.'s, Los LobosSteve Miller and the Spinners. The top vote-getters will be announced in December and inducted next April at a ceremony in New York. HBO will broadcast the ceremony later in the year.

For the fourth consecutive year, the public will have the opportunity to vote alongside the more than 800 artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body. From now until December 9th, fans can vote on RollingStone.com for the nominees they'd like to see inducted. The top five acts will comprise a "fan's ballot" that will count as one of the ballots that determine the class of 2016.

In order to be eligible for this year's ballot, artists or bands need to have released their first single or album in 1990 or earlier. Some of the nominees have appeared on previous ballots, but this is the first appearance for Chicago, Cheap Trick, the Cars, Chaka Khan, The J.B.'s, Janet Jackson, Los Lobos and Steve Miller. Chic, however, have now been nominated a record 10 times. This also marks the fourth time that N.W.A has been on the ballot and the third time for Deep Purple and the Spinners. 

Last year's Hall of Fame class included Green Day, Lou Reed, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and Ringo Starr.