Among the list of first-time nominees, Eric B. & Rakim, Guns N' Roses, Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Cure, Small Faces/Faces, The Spinners, Rufus with Chaka Khan and Freddie King made the cut. Returning nominees include Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donna Summer, Donovan, Laura Nyro and War.
Acts become eligible after 25 years since their first commercial release. Five-hundred voters will select who makes the final cut in anticipation of April 14th, when the 27th annual ceremony is scheduled to take place in Cleveland, Ohio.