Nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced on Thursday. Just who made the list? Public Enemy, N.W.A., Donna Summer, Deep Purple, Rush, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Randy Newman, Albert King, the Marvelettes, the Meters, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Procol Harum, Chic and Kraftwerk all made the cut.

A unique mix, to be sure. And, for the first time in history, fans can vote online at for the acts they want to be inducted into the Hall of Fame ceremony to be held on April 18.

I can practically hear my parents cranking their dial-up Internet to cast their vote for Randy Newman as I type.

About the online voting


Jokes aside, doesn’t it seem like the new voting system allows for those who are a bit more, ahem, Internet savvy to vote for the bands they are familiar with than those of their parents’ generation?

Their website says: “The public can vote for the five nominees they believe to be most deserving of induction ... The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a ‘fans’ ballot’ that will be tallied along with the other ballots.”

So how much weight your vote has is up in the air. Still, it’s a great ploy to get people interested, no?