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Rush, Public Enemy among Rock Hall of Fame nominees

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  • FILE - In this June 12, 2009 file photo, Flavor Flav of Public Enemy performs during the Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Public Enemy is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

    FILE - In this June 12, 2009 file photo, Flavor Flav of Public Enemy performs during the Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Public Enemy is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2008 file photo, musician Joan Jett performs with her band, the Blackhearts, as part of Nissan Live Sets on Yahoo! Music in Los Angeles. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2008 file photo, musician Joan Jett performs with her band, the Blackhearts, as part of Nissan Live Sets on Yahoo! Music in Los Angeles. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2008 file photo, musician Joan Jett performs with her band, the Blackhearts, as part of Nissan Live Sets on Yahoo! Music in Los Angeles. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2008 file photo, musician Joan Jett performs with her band, the Blackhearts, as part of Nissan Live Sets on Yahoo! Music in Los Angeles. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2009 file photo, Donna Summer performs at the conclusion of the Nobel Peace concert in Oslo, Norway.  Summer is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/John McConnico, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2009 file photo, Donna Summer performs at the conclusion of the Nobel Peace concert in Oslo, Norway. Summer is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/John McConnico, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2009 file photo, Donna Summer performs at the conclusion of the Nobel Peace concert in Oslo, Norway.  Summer is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/John McConnico, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2009 file photo, Donna Summer performs at the conclusion of the Nobel Peace concert in Oslo, Norway. Summer is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/John McConnico, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this file photo taken Sunday, May 8, 2011, British musician Ian Gillan of Deep Purple performs during a concert in Nicosia, Cyprus. Deep Purple is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)

    FILE - In this file photo taken Sunday, May 8, 2011, British musician Ian Gillan of Deep Purple performs during a concert in Nicosia, Cyprus. Deep Purple is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this file photo taken Sunday, May 8, 2011, British musician Ian Gillan of Deep Purple performs during a concert in Nicosia, Cyprus. Deep Purple is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)

    FILE - In this file photo taken Sunday, May 8, 2011, British musician Ian Gillan of Deep Purple performs during a concert in Nicosia, Cyprus. Deep Purple is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2012 publicity file photo provided by iHeartRadio, Nancy Wilson, left, and Ann Wilson of Heart perform songs from their new album "Fanatic" at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son in New York.  Heart is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/iHeartRadio, Peter Larson, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2012 publicity file photo provided by iHeartRadio, Nancy Wilson, left, and Ann Wilson of Heart perform songs from their new album "Fanatic" at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son in New York. Heart is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/iHeartRadio, Peter Larson, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2012 publicity file photo provided by iHeartRadio, Nancy Wilson, left, and Ann Wilson of Heart perform songs from their new album "Fanatic" at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son in New York.  Heart is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/iHeartRadio, Peter Larson, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2012 publicity file photo provided by iHeartRadio, Nancy Wilson, left, and Ann Wilson of Heart perform songs from their new album "Fanatic" at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son in New York. Heart is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/iHeartRadio, Peter Larson, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this June 12, 2009 file photo, Flavor Flav of Public Enemy performs during the Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Public Enemy is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

    FILE - In this June 12, 2009 file photo, Flavor Flav of Public Enemy performs during the Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Public Enemy is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this June 12, 2009 file photo, Flavor Flav of Public Enemy performs during the Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Public Enemy is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2008 file photo, musician Joan Jett performs with her band, the Blackhearts, as part of Nissan Live Sets on Yahoo! Music in Los Angeles. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2008 file photo, musician Joan Jett performs with her band, the Blackhearts, as part of Nissan Live Sets on Yahoo! Music in Los Angeles. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
  • FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2009 file photo, Donna Summer performs at the conclusion of the Nobel Peace concert in Oslo, Norway.  Summer is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/John McConnico, File)
  • FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2009 file photo, Donna Summer performs at the conclusion of the Nobel Peace concert in Oslo, Norway.  Summer is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/John McConnico, File)
  • FILE - In this file photo taken Sunday, May 8, 2011, British musician Ian Gillan of Deep Purple performs during a concert in Nicosia, Cyprus. Deep Purple is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)
  • FILE - In this file photo taken Sunday, May 8, 2011, British musician Ian Gillan of Deep Purple performs during a concert in Nicosia, Cyprus. Deep Purple is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)
  • FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2012 publicity file photo provided by iHeartRadio, Nancy Wilson, left, and Ann Wilson of Heart perform songs from their new album "Fanatic" at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son in New York.  Heart is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/iHeartRadio, Peter Larson, File)
  • FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2012 publicity file photo provided by iHeartRadio, Nancy Wilson, left, and Ann Wilson of Heart perform songs from their new album "Fanatic" at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son in New York.  Heart is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/iHeartRadio, Peter Larson, File)
  • FILE - In this June 12, 2009 file photo, Flavor Flav of Public Enemy performs during the Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Public Enemy is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

Rush, Deep Purple, Public Enemy and N.W.A. are among the group of first-time nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

They join returnees Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Randy Newman, Donna Summer and Kraftwerk among the 15 artists vying for entry.

Even in the iPod age, the list of nominees up for induction in 2013 is as eclectic as they come. Nominees differ wildly in sound, origin and influence, ranging from the enduring prog rock of Canadian trio Rush and Procul Harum to German proto-electronica act Kraftwerk, the disco of Chic and Summer to the New Orleans funk of The Meters and the blues of Albert King and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Motown also is represented by first-ballot entries The Mavelettes.

Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, acknowledged the extreme variety of this year’s nominee class in a Thursday news release.

“The definition of ‘rock and roll’ means different things to different people, but as broad as the classifications may be, they all share a common love of the music,” Peresman said. “This year we again proudly put forth a fantastic array of groups and artists that span the entire genre that is ‘rock and roll.’”

A group of 600 artists, music historians and members of the industry will choose 2013’s inductees. They will be honored April 18 in Los Angeles.

It’s the sixth time on the ballot for Summer, but the first since her death in May at age 63. Chic is on the ballot for the seventh time since 2003.

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