LOS ANGELES — Guns N' Roses, the Beastie Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eric B. & Rakim and the Cure are among the 15 nominees for induction as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2012.
In addition, '70s female-fronted rock acts Heart and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts are under consideration along with singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, disco queen Donna Summer, R&B collective War and British rock group Small Faces. Blues guitarist and singer Freddie King, R&B band the Spinners and Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan round out the latest batch of Hall of Fame nominees.
Inductees are typically announced in December, ahead of a ceremony that takes place in New York in March.
At least 25 years must have elapsed since a musician or group released its debut recording for the act to be eligible for induction. That makes Guns N' Roses eligible for the first time because the L.A. hard rock outfit's debut album, "Appetite for Destruction," was released in 1987. Likewise, this is the first year of eligibility for rap duo Eric B. & Rakim, whose debut, "Paid in Full," also appeared in 1987.
King and Donovan are the senior members of this year's nominees, having released their first recordings in 1961 and 1965, respectively.
Because of the rancor over the years between Guns N' Roses founding member Axl Rose and former members of the band who have since departed, including guitarist Slash, the group's induction sets up the prospect of a dramatic reunion, if all parties opt to set aside their differences for the occasion. In a similar situation, Creedence Clearwater Revival singer, guitarist and songwriter John Fogerty refused to join with the Bay Area band's surviving members — bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford — when Creedence was inducted in 1993.