Every year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces a short list of around 15 nominees, which gets trimmed down to maybe 6 confirmed inductees by the end of the year.
The list of hopefuls for the class of 2013 begins with the Northwest's own Heart. They've been nominated before, but doesn't it feel like this is their year? A new album (Fanatic,) a new book (Kicking and Dreaming,) they just got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame . . . .if not this year, then when?
Others on the list:
Rush (long overdue, if you believe their hard-core fans)
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Kraftwerk (remember "Autobahn?")
Chic ("aaaaaaaaah FREAK OUT!")
The Marvelettes (a great Motwon band)
Now it's time for 600 artists and music industry insiders to cast their ballots for the actual inductees. The good news is, you get a vote. Or rather, all of us civilians added up together determine one of the 600 ballots.
Rolling Stone is handling the voting; go here to cast yours.