Hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy and N.W.A. have landed nominations to be inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The rap groups join Rush and Deep Purple as first-time nominees, while returnees Heart, Randy Newman, Donna Summer and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are also vying to join the class of 2013.
Artists, industry experts and music historians will now cast their votes to decide who will join the institution during a prestigious ceremony, set for 18 April (12) in Los Angeles.
Joel Peresman, President and Ceo of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, says, "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. This year we again proudly put forth a fantastic array of groups and artists that span the entire genre that is rock and roll."
To be eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, acts must have released their first songs at least 25 years ago.