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20 Artists Eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Next

On the eve of the 2014 induction, a look at who might join the ranks through 2019

Beck and Mariah Carey

Beck and Mariah Carey

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As Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members AC/DC once sang, "It's a long way to the top, if you want to rock & roll" – and that's especially true if you want to join its hall of fame. An artist becomes eligible to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of his or her debut record. But that alone won't get an act in. To be considered, they must have demonstrated some contribution to the "development and perpetuation of rock & roll." This year, Nirvana join a list of artists that includes Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and Elton John, among others, who were inducted in the first year of elibibility. Other artists wait years and years for inclusion, like Kiss who waited 15 before getting the nod this year. Here's a look at 20 artists who will become eligible for induction over the next five years, why they might make it in and whether or not their induction will be a smooth process. By Kory Grow

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Beck

Year Eligible: 2018
Debut Album: Golden Feelings (1993)
Why He Should Be Inducted: Beck takes risks, damn the torpedoes. He earned himself a double-platinum plaque when he beefed up the hip-hop edge of his earlier hits for his Odelay album in 1996 and got himself a gold with the beautiful bummer trip Sea Change in 2002.
Possible Drama: He has been reclusive in recent years, producing others' records, issuing albums as sheet music and generally avoiding the stage possibly as a result of a spinal injury. But leading up to the release of his most recent LP, Morning Phase, he has decided to get back on the road with 2014 North American tour dates running through June.

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Radiohead

Year Eligible: 2018
Debut Album: Pablo Honey (1993)
Why They Should Be Inducted: The band members have proven themselves to be artistic visionaries, experimenting in the studio with the same verve as the Beatles and Pink Floyd decades before. Moreover, the group turned the music industry on its cauliflower ear when it released In Rainbows as a pay-what-want album in 2007.
Possible Drama: None. Radiohead's lineup has remained consistent since 1985, a feat that warrants its own reward.

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