Guns N' Roses, the Cure, Joan Jett, Eric B. & Rakim Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Guns N' Roses, the Cure, Joan Jett, Eric B. & Rakim Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Since opening in 1983, Cleveland, OH's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has saluted countless artists for their invaluable contributions to popular music. Though the next round of inductions are a ways off (April 14, 2012, to be precise), music fans got a taste of what's to come when a list of nominees was revealed in New York earlier this morning (September 27).

Quite a few of the 15 acts that were acknowledged are first-time nominees, with some of the most prominent nods going to hard-rocking top hat enthusiasts turned reclusive carnival act Guns N' Roses, highly influential rap duo Eric B. & Rakim and goth-tinged '80s icons the Cure. Other first-time nominees include Freddie King, Heart, the Spinners, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

Not everyone on the list is a new jack, however, with a handful of groups having been passed on in previous years, including the Beastie Boys, Donovan, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and War.

You can see the full list of nominees here.

"The 2012 nominees embody the broad scope of what 'rock and roll' means," Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation president and CEO Joel Peresman said in a statement. "From vocal groups to hip-hop, from singer-songwriters to hard-rocking artists, this group represents the spirit of what we celebrate at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."

Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after their debut disc or single. A panel of 40 musicologists and critics selected the nominees, who will now be voted on by a much larger group of 500 industry professionals. At least five artists from the list will be selected to join the ranks of music royalty among the likes of the Beatles and Elvis Presley next April.

Next year's ceremony will be held at the Cleveland Convention Center.