via press release:
THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME FOUNDATION
ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR 2013 INDUCTION
For The First Time, Fans Can Officially Cast Their Vote For 2013 Inductees
NEW YORK, Oct. 4, 2012 — The nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 are:
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
“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,” commented Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “This year we again proudly put forth a fantastic array of groups and artists that span the entire genre that is ‘rock and roll’.”
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. The 2013 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1987.
Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 600 artists, historians and members of the music industry.
For the first time in its history, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning Thursday, Oct. 4 and continuing through Wednesday, Dec. 5, the public can visit rockhall.com, hbo.com, CNN.com and rollingstone.com to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2013 inductees.
All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, the nonprofit organization that exists to educate its audiences on the global impact of the rock and roll art form via the museum, as well as its education programs and library and archives.
The 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in Los Angeles at the NokiaTheatre L.A. LIVE on Thursday, April 18, 2013. The show will be presented on HBO at a later date.