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Rock hall announces short list

September 23, 2008|Randy Lewis

Metallica and Run-DMC top the list of nominees for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The others on the short list for induction include Jeff Beck, the Stooges, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Wanda Jackson, Chic, Bobby Womack and War.

The Rock Hall is dealing with the relative dearth of worthy acts newly eligible for membership by leaning heavily on acts previously passed over for membership. Metallica and Run-DMC are the only '80s-vintage nominees being drafted to the institution, which requires 25 years to have passed since performers released their first recordings.

All the others have been eligible for years, some since the hall began inducting performers in 1986. Five of the nine nominees, with the announcement of finalists expected in December, will be inducted during a ceremony to be held April 4 in Cleveland, rather than the traditional New York site. For the first time, tickets to the induction event will be available to the public.

-- Randy Lewis

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