NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The Beastie Boys, The Cure and Donovan were nominated Tuesday for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland next year.
Also nominated are Eric B. & Rakim, Guns 'N Roses, Heart, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Freddie King, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rufus with Chaka Khan, The Small Faces/The Faces, The Spinners, Donna Summer and War.
"The 2012 nominees embody the broad scope of what 'rock 'n' roll' means," Joel Peresman, president and chief executive officer of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said in a statement Tuesday. "From vocal groups to hip hop, from singer-songwriters to hard rocking artists, this group represents the spirit of what we celebrate at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."
Ballots will be sent to more than 500 voters, who will select artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 27th annual Induction Ceremony to be held April 14.
To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.