Guns N' Roses, Joan Jett, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, and the Cure all nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Image Credit: Dave Benett/Getty Images

Yes, folks, it’s that time of the year again. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has released its nominations for the class of 2012 and the list is as follows: Guns N’ Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beastie Boys, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Cure, Heart, Eric B. and Rakim, the Small Faces/Faces, Rufus with Chaka Khan, War, Laura Nyro, Donovan, Freddy King, and the Spinners. Those who receive enough votes will be inducted on April 14, 2012, at the Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

As always with the list of nominees, several questions immediately spring to mind. Will this be the year for the Beasties and the Chili Peppers, both of whom have been nominated before (as have Nyro, War, and Donovan)? Has the Hall of Fame done enough — or too much — to highlight the creative contributions of hip-hop to “rock and roll”? And will the classic, ’80s-era lineup of Guns N’ Roses reunite to play, call each other names, or compare rehab facilities?

Send us your thoughts!

Read more:
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Alice Cooper, Tom Waits
Vh1’s Top 100 Songs of the ’00s: Find the first 11 songs here! — An EW Exclusive
Radiohead drop woozy ‘Lotus Flower’ and ‘Staircase’ on ‘SNL': What did you think?

Comments (197 total) Add your comment
Page: 1 2 3 5
  • UGH

    Let’s hope the REAL Guns shows up and NOT the Axl Rose Band.

    • The Ultimate Answer

      G’N’R = likely, but c’mon. Their heyday passed a long time ago, and talk about getting inducted on the strength of one work. And no, it’s not “November Rain,” (which has always sucked, IMHO).

      RHCP = should get it, and deserves it.

      Beastie Boys = will be the inductee that gives the ceremony cred for the year

      Joan Jett = will be passed over, sorry.

      The Cure = maybe next time

      Heart = a fighting chance, but only because of older stuff, not the “we have Jefferson Starship-itis” crap they released later.

      Eric B & Someone Not Famous = yeah, right.

      Small Faces = who?

      Rufus & Chaka = welcome to the club, your table is ready.

      War, Laura, Donovan, Freddy King, Spinners: my bet is on the Spinners.

      • BK

        Wow. Eric B & Someone Not Famous? Small Faces=who? Not much of a fan of music history, are you? And what difference does it make that GNR’s “heyday” passed a long time ago? Do you understand what the HOF is?

      • @BK

        Dude… Small Faces made a medium impact on the British charts and virtually none in the US. I could easily say the same about Duran Duran—they’ve had equal or better longevity, and at least as many hits on both sides of the Atlantic.

      • Just A Guy

        Chart success is not the only indicator of HOF worthiness.

      • Me

        I agree with most of what you said, but seriously on Eric B and Rakim? You say “someone not famous” but people who actually know hip hop consider him possibly THE greatest rapper ever. So influential. Study up.

      • Tom Gillis

        Small Faces were hugely influential on later British greats. An outstanding, eclectic band.

      • Julie

        No RUSH???????????

    • nodnarb

      Eric B & Someone Not Famous – are you kidding me? I don’t even like hiphop anymore, but Rakim is widely considered to be the best rapper ever. And not just the boastful Jay-Z/Kanye crap that passes for rap lyrics these days, but actually the greatest rapper by legitimate music critics and historians.

      • valli

        Seriously. Rakim deserves respect, BK. Just because you know nothing about hip hop, don’t assume that we are all of a like mind. Geez.

      • valli

        Oops. I directed my contempt toward the wrong person. Sorry, BK. It’s the Ultimate Answer who needs schooling.

      • The Ultimate Answer

        The point of my original post is to weigh the chances of each nominee against each other. Yes, I’ve heard of Eric B & Rakim. They don’t have a shot in hell of getting in the HOF this year. It won’t happen.

    • Tom

      Again, no RUSH. Guns and Posers can suck a bag of d_cks

      • norush

        I Agree, They have sold more Albums then all the nominations combined… Come on R&R hall get your head out of you bottoms….

    • fly

      Whats your idea of the REAL Guns? Axl, Slash, Duff, Izzy, and Steven which created Appetite. Or Axl, Slash, Duff, Dizzy, Gilby, Matt who were their from 90-95? My point, the band has always changed. If you would ever get over that, you might realize that these new guys (Dizzy since 90′, and Tommy since 98′) are very talented themselves. People said the same thing during Illusions when Izzy and Steven left and were replaced by Gilby, Dizzy, and Matt. This isn’t the real GNR. Axl started the band and picked Slash and Duff to be in it, so to me, GNR=Axl.

      • LA Guns Rocks

        Then why even Slash GNR= Tracy Guns and Axel Rose, thats who started the band.

    • DDubSolider

      Lol that’d b funny. But yeah…new guns sucks.

  • amy

    The Spinners are not already in the Hall of Fame? Really?

    • UGH

      I could supply you a lengthy list of who hasn’t been inducted or nominated.

      • DRG

        And it would be quite a list. With an exception here and there the list of those who DO get inducted are little more than a list that reflect the personal tastes of Dave Marsh and Jann Wenner.

      • UGH

        It should be called The Rolling Stone Magazine Hall of Lame.

      • The Ultimate Answer

        you mean, “Jann Wenner’s boy-toy’s personal taste.”

        “Jann! I tell you—more Red Hot Chiri Peppa!” “No Joan Jerra!”

      • Joan

        Where do you go now? oh-oh-woah-woah-woah.. Oh! I threw my back out

    • Color Me Impressed

      I’m very excited for the inclusion of the Chilis, Beasties and the Cure; less excited about GNR & Heart, but whatever. I do hope that the inclusion of the Cure means they’re going to start to recognize more alternative music now, because The Replacements & The Smiths NEED to make it in d*mmit!

  • Outbound

    And RUSH gets denied again.

    • ges999

      What a shame. I really thought they would make it in 2012 so it would be a play on their breakthrough album 2112,

      • JoeC


    • The Ultimate Answer

      Be cool or be cast out. Alas.

      • Sorry, this is lame but couldn’t resist

        or perhaps…..

        “In Jann Wenner’s hall
        muzak for shopping malls
        Conform or be cast out”

        Apologies for my attempt above, Rolling Stone just loses more credibility every year with its blacklist.

    • That’s QUITE a stretch there…

      “I really thought they would make it in 2012 so it would be a play on their breakthrough album 2112.” Hey y’all—let’s all vote for Rush this year because it would be SOOOO CUTE! OMG!

      Yeah, not happening.

    • JoJo

      I’m not surprised with the Rush omission. (Wenner feels it’s personal now. IMO, he wants to show he can’t be cowed by other opinions, no matter how valid.) With that said, I am shocked every year to see the “non influential to rock” artists that do receive a nomination to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame when Rush (very influential) is passed over again. Their fans like me care, but Rush could care less.

      • JimmyH

        You mean couldn’t care less.

      • The Ultimate Answer

        I think “could care less” pretty much equals “couldn’t care less.” Kinda like “flammable” and “inflammable” both mean: “holy sh!t, this will burn!”

      • Channing

        No, neither pair of similar words “pretty much equals” one another. “Could care less” means you currently care to some amount that could be lowered. “Couldn’t care less” means your level of caring is absolutely zero and can’t go any lower.

        Likewise, if they mean the same thing, go right ahead and buy any children you have flammable pajamas.

      • Joan

        Some hall of fame. No rush! LAME!

      • @Channing


        inflammable: capable of being set on fire; combustible; flammable.

        And as far as the could care/couldn’t care less quandry—people use them interchangebly, correct or not. Do not try to school me Miss Tatum.

    • Jason

      The Hall is a joke without Rush in it. Those guys could play Guns N’ Roses into the ground and have influenced many more musicians than Axl Rose.

    • TORocker


      • Robert

        Rush is better than ALL of those other musicians combined.

    • ks

      Something is wrong in the universe!!

    • Esra

      Astrid August 16, 2011 You remembered all those cnvoos? I’m crying my pretty eyeballs out while reading this; I nearly died of dehydration (Ok this is exag already) For the longest time I was wondering when are you going to blog about me. (Hahaha. Conceited much? BUT HEY, you love me right? You conceited, I’m conceited. Great minds think alike!) I just thought of another formula (the Joseph the Dreamer one; will let you know soon) What I really, truly wanna say is:Hi I’m Astrid. I love you, my friend. (But you know that already right?)

  • Bobby’s Robot

    Yay for The Cure and Joan Jett – hope they get in first time around! Hopefully Cheap Trick, Roxy Music, The Jam, The Smiths, Eurythmics, The Replacements and Husker Du will be recognized soon.

  • Brian Wallace

    The Smiths should get in before The Cure.


    • Fyrkat


    • nodnarb

      No way! The Cure is far more influential than The Smiths… there’s practically an entire genre of music now influenced by The Cure. That said, Joy Division should get in before The Smith AND The Cure.

      • Brian Wallace

        You’re entitled to your opinion but if you are referring to the “emo genre”, I’d counter with (and I believe Q magazine said this) that with the song “I Know It’s Over”, “Emo starts here.” When the NME ranked their 50 greatest artists of the last 50 years, The Beatles were #2, The Smiths were # 1 and The Cure didn’t make the list.

        Personally, I think you’re either a Smiths person, a Cure person or a Depeche Mode person.


      • nodnarb

        Yeh, I wasn’t referring to emo.

      • Brian Wallace

        Yes you were.

      • Brian Wallace

        Yes you were.

      • Brian Wallace

        That’s what I said! Quit copying me!
        The Original Brian Wallace

      • Bobby’s Robot

        I like, no, LOVE all three.

      • Channing

        The Cure emo? Really?


  • sm

    why bother wasting votes on GnR, it’s not like they’ll play together again.

    • UGH

      It would end up like the lackluster Van Halen non-performance given by Velvet Revolver.

  • Dave Keller

    Still no X?

  • JimmyH

    If GnR gets in before Rush is even nominated I’m going to puke. What a joke!!! GnR had one…yes only one… good album. That’s it. Rush has been producing and selling much better material for over 35 years.

    • Monty

      I won’t argue the merits of Rush VS GnR, but Use Your Illusion I and Appetite for Destruction are great, and AfD has to be recognized as a top 10 album of the past 30 years. Sure, they didn’t have 10 platinum albums, but Appetite is a watershed moment in music.

      • JimmyH

        Sorry Monty, but the best songs on Use Your Illision I & II are covers. AFD is a great album yes, but GnR is NOT deserving of any HOF at this time.

      • Brett

        A top 100 album of the past 30 years, perhaps. NOT a top 10 album.

      • FoX

        GNR were HUGE and UYI 1 and 2 are really solid albums maybe you should listen to more than the two cover songs Coma, November Rain, Civil War, Estranged, and Right Next Door to Hell all amazing songs

        and rush sucks! cool your drummer is pretty good neat

      • I agree

        some awesome, powerful singles. But some rapid burnout as well.

      • JimmyH

        @Fox..Hey..I like GnR. I own AFD and UYI i & II..they’re all on my iPod..but c’mon..RRHOF worthy? No!

      • Pittner

        I think the Use Your Illusion albums are great. I don’t even care for their cover songs either. You Could Be Mine might be my favorite GNR song.

  • Scott

    Still no mention of Cheap Trick = RHOF is totally invalid.

    • WTF?

      Agreed 100%. Budakon alone gets them close.

    • iamlandru

      Thank you, TOKYO. Cheap Trick says “Good night!!”

      • Esox

        CHEAP TRICK! NOW!!!!!!!
        Ask current musicians how influential they were!!!

      • Igeom

        finya October 25, 2011 Awts this is so nice I so love this.. nakaka rtalee ako.. I have a similar experience with my best friend since elementary.. hahaha we fought and we didn’t talk for two years (junior and senior year in HS).. I thought that’s the end of it.. but suddenly the latter part of senior year we are on speaking terms again as if nothing happened.. and luckily we are already enjoying 13 years of friendship and counting! Fighting is a test of friendship pag na overcome niyo yun you gain a friend for life. :p

  • Amanda

    Boycotting until Rush is AT LEAST nominated! This is such a joke!

    • Boycotting what?

      Supper? Watching the recap on YouTube or Hulu? Who are you trying to kid, Amanda?

      • Music

        She’s boycotting music.

      • Christian

        amor November 7, 2009 hi there! ganda ng blog mo simple pero super sweet! i guess konti lang yung tao na manonurg talaga magmahal. na after mawala yung love nag end na dun. good for you di ka ganun. ayun.. share ko ito sa facebook ha? para may iba pa makabasa at mainspire. thank you so much.. God bless you!

  • S.O.

    if The Cure get in (which I am sure they will someday, if not next year) Bands like Depeche Mode, The Smiths, New Order / Joy Division should also be recognized. All 4 had their own sound, but were a huge influence in the 80s & still sound timeless.

    • G.R.

      Agreed. I’d love to see the Cure get in, and I hope their induction would then open the door for those other bands. :)

    • nunnya

      The Cure gets in…then Depeche Mode! Let’s hope this is a sign of good things to come.

      • nodnarb

        I’m not really following why The Cure’s induction would pave the way for Depeche Mode? They really aren’t that similar. The Cure was a post-punk band whose primary instrument was guitar. DM is one of the pioneers of electronic music and an early adopter of the synthesizer. I’m not sure if the HoF has inducted its first electronic band, but I’m sure once they do it’ll meet the same backlash that rap artists have gotten.

      • nodnarb

        Oh, duh, Kraftwerk… one of the most overlooked bands by the HoF. Once they get it, it’ll open doors for DM and other electronic artists.

  • dmac2498

    As usuall, it’s absolutely criminal that you can tote out some of those names, yet not even think of Hall & Oates, Rush and KISS, three acts that are all very deserving of getting into the HOF!

    • If anyone should get nom’d

      it’s Hall & Oates. Talk about a band that ruled for two decades and made classic music. Or the Cars.

      • iamlandru

        The Cars. Excellent point. Ben Orr from Parma and overlooked again.

      • G.R.

        Aw, I love the Cars. I would’ve thought they would have been next after the Talking Heads and Blondie were inducted…

  • JimmyH

    This is from the RRHOF website – “To be eligible for induction as an artist (as a performer, composer, or musician) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the artist must have released a record, in the generally accepted sense of that phrase, at least 25 years prior to the year of induction; and have demonstrated unquestionable musical excellence.

    We shall consider factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique, but musical excellence shall be the essential qualification of induction.”

    That last line alone describes Rush, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Yes, and countless other progressive rock bands that deserve to be not only nominated, but IN the RRHOF.

    • Andrei

      “…a record, in the generally accepted sense of that phrase…”
      That phrase just makes me laugh…

    • A.Gramsci

      Rush boasts 25 gold records and 14 platinum (3 multi-platinum) records, making them one of the best-selling rock bands in history by 2005. Rush currently place third behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold and platinum albums by a rock band.

      Maybe cleaning living is the best revenge…

  • G.R.

    Nice to see Heart and Joan Jett in there!

    Alas, Cheap Trick get passed over again…

    • Beth in MI

      Cheap Trick belongs in the RRHOF before Eric B and Rakim or Chaka Khan and Rufus. WTF! It is nice to see Heart and Joan Jett be nominated, but still ERic B and Rakim and no Cheap Trick. Arrrrggggg!

      • iamlandru

        I want you to want me!

    • Patrick

      I applaud the inclusion of Heart, but Joan Jett getting in before Pat Benatar? Heresy!

      • G.R.

        I forgot about Benatar — I’m a little surprised she’s not in there already…

  • Maggie69

    What the **** does Def Leppard have to do to get nominated?? This list is ridiculous!

    • UGH

      One might give their left arm to get nominated….

      • snicker

        Oh my.

      • nodnarb

        I actually did LOL (like really laugh out loud, not the fake internet LOL) on that.

    • Andrei

      …maybe invite some of the voters under the stage?

      • JoJo

        Good memory, you made me laugh….I remember hearing and reading about their under the stage antics during the Hysteria Tour.

      • Mary

        roj December 14, 2009 God. I Love This Post. This one made me think back to our first six months. Too bad me and my perantr’s not that romantic ’cause, you know, the eyes of narrow minded people. Hehe. Oh well. I envy you. Haha. Best of luck to both of you

Page: 1 2 3 5
Add your comment
The rules: Keep it clean, and stay on the subject - or we may delete your comment. If you see inappropriate language, e-mail us. An asterisk (*) indicates a required field.

When you click on the "Post Comment" button above to submit your comments, you are indicating your acceptance of and are agreeing to the Terms of Service. You can also read our Privacy Policy.

Latest Videos in Music


From Our Partners

TV Recaps

Powered by VIP