The Cure, Guns 'N' Roses, Beastie Boys lead 2012 Rock and Rock Hall of Fame nominations

    The nominees for the 2012 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced today, comprised of a fine list of candidates. Alt-rock pioneers The Cure, hip-hop duo Eric B. and Rakim, punk-rock outfit Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and rock warriors Guns ‘N’ Roses are all first-time nominees, while Beastie Boys and Red Hot Chili Peppers, both of who were first nominated last year, are again in contention. Sadly, LL Cool J did not receive the committee’s love for a second consecutive year.

    The full list of eligible candidates is posted below. A committee of 500 voters will narrow down that list in time for the introduction ceremony on April 14th.

    2012 Nominees:
    Beastie Boys
    The Cure
    Eric B. & Rakim
    Guns ‘N Roses
    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