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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Meet the 2013 Nominees

Rush, Kraftwerk, Public Enemy and more could be inducted next spring

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rock and roll hall of fame nominees

This year's nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are one of the most diverse lots yet. In addition to classic rock acts such as Rush, Deep Purple and Procol Harum, the list also includes two seminal rap groups (Public Enemy and N.W.A.), two definitive disco hitmakers (Chic and Donna Summer) and two great blues acts (Albert King, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band). The nominees are rounded out by Motown's Marvelettes, the sister act Heart, tough-as-nails crew Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the masterful L.A. songwriter Randy Newman, New Orleans funk architects the Meters and the pioneering German electronic group Kraftwerk. Read on for more on each of this year's nominees.

procol harum

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Procol Harum

Best remembered for their hit 1967 single "A Whiter Shade of Pale," the early British prog-rock group Procol Harum brought a symphonic flair to rock & roll.

Active: 1967-present

Previous nominations: 0

Signature songs: "A Whiter Shade of Pale," "Conquistador"

From the RS Archives: Procol Harum and Facts of Life (1971)

Public Enemy

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Public Enemy

Public Enemy was a new kind of rap crew for the late Eighties, with a sound defined by Chuck D's provocative social commentary, Flavor Flav's anarchic humor and the Bomb Squad's dense, heavy beats. The late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch once told Rolling Stone that he saw PE as "the rare artist who can make great music and also deliver a political and social message."

Active: 1987-present

Previous nominations: 0 (first year eligible)

Signature songs: "Fight the Power," "Don't Believe the Hype," "911 Is a Joke," "Welcome to the Terrordome"

From the RS Archives: Public Enemy: Rockin' the Joint (1988)

Randy Newman

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Randy Newman

For more than four decades, L.A.'s Randy Newman has honed his razor-sharp wit on satirical character studies and social critiques, set to music that shows the influence of his childhood summers in New Orleans. In later life, Newman has become a successful writer of songs for family films.

Active: 1968-present

Previous nominations: 1

Signature songs: "I Love L.A.," "Short People," "You've Got a Friend in Me"

From the RS Archives: Randy Newman: You've Got to Let This Fat Boy In Your Life (1972)

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Rush

The Canadian prog giants have one of the biggest cult audiences in rock. They first broke through with 1976's concept album 2112; in the Eighties, they began writing shorter songs and landing huge hits on the radio. Decades into their career, they remain incredibly popular.

Active: 1973-present

Previous nominations: 0

Signature songs: "Tom Sawyer," "Limelight," "The Spirit of Radio"

From the RS Archives: Rush: Power From the People (1981)

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