- Hard rock heroes Guns ‘N Roses, rock queen Joan Jett, masters of mope the Cure and hip-hop pioneers Eric B. & Rakim are first time nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The full slate of nominees for the 2012 class was announced today and also includes Heart, the Spinners, the Small Faces/Faces, Freddy King and Rufus with Chaka Khan. Returning to the ballot are Beastie Boys, Laura Nyro, War, Donovan and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Last year’s induction class consisted of Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Dr. John and Darlene Love. (We talked to Cooper about his induction.) Those who were nominated last year but aren’t on the ballot this year include LL Cool J, Bon Jovi and Donna Summer.

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