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Rush, Heart, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Randy Newman and Albert King to be inducted to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock Hall has spoken: Rush, Heart, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Randy Newman and Albert King will be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre on April 18.


View Photo Gallery: Rush, Heart, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Randy Newman and Albert King honored.

When it came to genre, gender and generation, this year’s ballot boasted a notable degree of diversity — so expect the debate that usually rages after the Hall’s announcement to gain a little more heat this year.

The artists on the ballot who were snubbed include Procol Harum, N.W.A., the Meters, Kraftwerk, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Marvelettes, Chic, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Deep Purple.

Back in October, we asked you, dear reader, to vote on who deserved to be inducted. Your top five: Rush (by a vast margin), Summer, Heart, Deep Purple, Public Enemy, Kraftwerk and Newman.

Chris Richards is The Washington Post's pop music critic. He has recently written about David Bowie's legacy of reinvention, Beyoncé's Super Bowl victory, viral go-go covers and rock star death waves.

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