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Rush nominated for Rock & Roll Hall

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http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/music/Canadian+rock+band+Rush+among+Rock+Roll+Hall+Fame/7342717/story.html

NEW YORK - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced this year's nominees on Thursday including hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy, the late Donna Summer and rock bands Deep Purple and Rush, and it said the public for the first time would be able to vote on who should be inducted.

Music fans will have until Dec. 5 to vote and their ballots for the top five artists will be combined with those from a committee of music experts to decide which artists will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at an April 18 ceremony in Los Angeles.

In the past, that decision has been taken solely by a Hall of Fame committee of some 600 artists, historians and members of the music industry.

Hopefuls on this year's list include Heart, N.W.A, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Randy Newman, Albert King, The Marvelettes, The Meters, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Procol Harum, Chic and influential German electronic music group Kraftwerk.

Others got their nods after death, including Deep Purple co-founder and keyboardist Jon Lord, who died in July aged 71. British heavy metal rockers Deep Purple released 18 studio albums over their career spanning six decades.

Disco queen Summer also died earlier this year from cancer at age 63. The sultry-voiced singer won five Grammy awards and sold more than 130 million records worldwide.

While some of nominees, such as Jett and California hip hop group N.W.A., have stayed under the radar in recent years, others such as rockers Rush and Public Enemy, are still going strong, releasing albums this year and performing live.

American hard rock band Heart's new album "Fanatic" was released this week. Singer Randy Newman, 68, has forged a successful career writing film scores, most recently for 2010's "Toy Story 3" and for the upcoming 2013 Disney Pixar animation "Monsters University."

To be eligible for nomination, a band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years before the year of nomination. This year, that meant the band's first recording was no later than 1987.

Music fans can cast their vote starting on Thursday at websites rockhall.com, hbo.com, CNN.com and rollingstone.com.

The April induction ceremony will be broadcast on cable TV channel HBO later in 2013.

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Great - now why not Heart?

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They might not be a favourite band of many people, especially outside of Canada and with the younger crowd, but they are three of the most talented rock musicians around. They deserve it for sure.

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They might not be a favourite band of many people, especially outside of Canada and with the younger crowd, but they are three of the most talented rock musicians around. They deserve it for sure.

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You know a band is good when their least talented member is Alex Lifeson

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Those young people just haven't heard 2112, that's all. They'll come around.

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You know a band is good when their least talented member is Alex Lifeson

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You know a band is good when their least talented member is Alex Lifeson

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inb4 ex_bert_worshipper asks for good music suggestions then immediately shoots down Rush

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It's about friggin' time. I love how the fan vote counts for 1/600th of the total vote.

Their show in Vancouver July 2011 was awesome. You definitely get your money's worth when you go to one of their shows. Though it was mere days after the SCF defeat they showed they are not above pandering to the crowd.

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I remember hearing "Tom Sawyer" for the first time when I was a wee one, and being in absolute shock that the singer was a man :lol:

Great band, they deserve it.

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About 20 years late, but better that than never...

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The real question is, "why did it take John Lord dying to get Deep Purple nominated?"

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Rush should have nominated when they played the first note of 2112.

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