Rock and Roll of Fame Nominees: 5 Acts That Were Snubbed

4:41 PM PST 09/27/2011 by THR staff
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Jon Bon Jovi

Several artists were overlooked despite meeting the qualifications of having released their first single or album 25 years ago.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Tuesday announced its 2012 nominees.

The Beastie Boys, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Heart and Donna Summer were among the 15 acts who made the cut.

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But there were several others who weren't nominated, despite meeting the qualifications of having released their first single or album 25 years ago.
 
Among them was Bon Jovi, who first became eligible in 2009. The group was nominated for the first time last year but failed to secure a nomination this year.

Also left off the list? The J. Geils Band, Boston, the Cars and Detroit rockers the MC5, which are often credited by today's rock artists as an influence.
 
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Meanwhile, several reports noted that not all of the acts nominated this year actually fit the "rock and roll" label, such as rappers the Beastie Boys, hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim '60s folk-pop star Donovan and disco singer summer.

More than 500 voters will decide who land a place in the Cleveland exhibit. They'll be inducted April 14.
 
The complete list of nominees follows:
 
· Beastie Boys

· The Cure

· Donovan

· Eric B. & Rakim

· Guns 'N Roses

· Heart

· Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

· Freddie King

· Laura Nyro

· Red Hot Chili Peppers

· Rufus with Chaka Khan

· The Small Faces/The Faces

· The Spinners

· Donna Summer

· War

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