Rock & Roll HOF nods for Public Enemy, more

Flavor Flav, left, and Chuck D. of the rap group Public Enemy, pose for photographers upon their arrival for the MTV Music Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall, Sept. 8, 1994. (AP Photo/Malcolm Clarke)

By// Mariah Craddick

Who knew “Fight the Power” classified as rock and roll?

Rap groups Public Enemy and N.W.A. and disco pioneer Donna Summer are just a few of the diverse names announced as nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Other contenders include Blues artist Albert King, disco band Chic, New Orleans funk band The Meters, and Motown quartet The Marvelettes. About five to seven acts are inducted each year, with 15 nominated this year.

There are 15 acts up for nomination this year, with about five to seven being inducted a year.

“The definition of ‘rock and roll’ means different things to different people, but as broad as the classifications may be, they all share a common love of the music,” said Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.

To be considered, artists had to release their first recording no later than 1987.

While it’s a first-time nomination for N.W.A., it’s the seventh time for Chic since 2003. It’s the sixth time being on the ballot for Summer, but the first since her death earlier this year.

A group of 600 artists, music historians and members of the industry will decide the inductees for this year’s ceremony which will take place on April 18 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The event will later be broadcast on HBO.

Those inducted will be represented in the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.