Rock greats Deep Purple and Rush are among the nominees for the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with late disco queen Donna Summer, rap pioneers Public Enemy and NWA, and electronic music kings Kraftwerk, it was announced Thursday.
Other nominees includes Albert King, Chic, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Meters, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Procol Harum and Randy Newman.
"The definition of 'rock & roll' means different things to different people, but as broad as the classifications may be, they all share a common love of the music," commented Joel Peresman, president and chief executive of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.
"This year we again proudly put forth a fantastic array of groups and artists that span the entire genre that is 'rock & roll.'"
To be eligible, acts must have released their first single or album no later than 1987. The public will for the first time get to have their say, in an online poll that will factor in to the voting of the more than 600 industry professionals who determine the inductees. The results will be announced in mid-December.
The induction ceremony will be held in Los Angeles in April. It will be the first time the ceremony has been there since 1993.
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