Rock Hall of Fame honors some, snubs others

For many artists, being inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a huge honor.

But as each year's inductees are announced, fans of artists that don't make it in shake their collective heads at the final list.

The Rock HOF has announced the 2013 inductees...and they are:

  • Heart

  • Albert King

  • Randy Newman

  • Public Enemy

  • Rush

  • Donna Summer

In the non-performer category, Lou Adler and Quincy Jones get the nod.

Nominated, but not inducted this year, were such artists as NWA, Gary Brooker, The Marvelettes, Kraftwerk, Joan Jett, Deep Purple and Chic.

Rush finally got in this year having been eligible for the last 18 years. Member Alex Lifeson told CNN after the group was nominated back in October that the honor meant a great deal to his group's fan base.

"For our fans, it's very, very important, and we feel great for them," he said. "We're at the next stage and we'll see if we're actually inducted. If so, we'll support it in every way we can for our fans."

To be eligible for a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination, artists had to have released their work at least 25 years prior to appearing on the ballot. That means this year's group released their first single in 1987 or earlier.

Public Enemy's Chuck D tells Billboard that he feels Public Enemy and all of rap's other inductees and previous nominees definitely have a place in the Rock Hall. "I've thought since day one that we should be recognized as much as anybody in rock," he notes. "That's always been my fight, to make this genre as official and legitimate as other artists." And, he says, he has great respect not only for Public Enemy's fellow inductees, but also for the other finalists on this year's ballot.

For the first time since 1993, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on the West coast. The 28th annual event is scheduled for April 18 and will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. in Los Angeles, California.

The ceremony will be open to the ticket-buying public, and will air on HBO at 9 p.m. on May 18.

Tell us who you think should be in...but isn't. And who is already in, and shouldn't be.