The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced this year's class of nominees, and there are some big names on the list. The Hall of Fame is following up last year's class, which featured the likes of Madonna, Leonard Cohen, and John Mellencamp, with a group of nominees including Metallica, Run-DMC, and the Stooges.
In total, nine acts made the short list. In addition to the names above, guitarist Jeff Beck, singer Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, War, Chic, and Bobby Womack will be on the ballot. The five acts with the most votes will be named to the Hall of Fame in January and officially inducted in April.
A couple of interesting things: First, neither Stevie Ray Vaughan nor Bon Jovi made the ballot this year, which would have been the first year both were eligible (at least 25 years must have passed since the act released its first single). And second, no Beastie Boys? They were short-listed last year, but they were left off this time around.
Which of the potential nominees do you think is most deserving?