Janet Jackson, Chicago nominees in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

  • AP, New York
  • Updated: Oct 08, 2015 14:55 IST
Janet Jackson just released her new album, Unbreakable, her first new disc since 2008. (Janetjackson/Instagram)

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year is likely to have new members--Janet Jackson, Steve Miller, Chicago and The Cars are among the first-time nominees being considered for induction. Cheap Trick, Los Lobos, Chaka Khan and James Brown’s famed backup band The JB’s also are new to the ballot. Eight of the 15 potential honorees are first-timers, although none are in their first year of eligibility.

More than 800 artists and members of the music industry vote on the inductees, who will be announced in December. Fans can also vote on the rock hall’s website toward a ‘fan’s ballot’ that will also be counted.

Artists back on the ballot for another try are Chic, Deep Purple, NWA, Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths, the Spinners and Yes.

Janet - Miss Jackson if you’re nasty - would uphold a family tradition. The Jackson 5 were inducted in 1997 and her late brother Michael joined as a solo artist in 2001. The singer of If, ‘All For You and That’s the Way Love Goes just released Unbreakable, her first new disc since 2008.

Watch Janet Jackson’s new album Unbreakable here:

The California-based Miller, with hits like Fly Like an Eagle and Jet Airliner to his name, was a stalwart of 1970s radio along with the jazzy soft rock of Chicago, known for Colour My World and If You Leave Me Now. The Cars’ brittle New Wave pop of My Best Friend’s Girl helped define the turn into the 1980s. Los Lobos’ How Will the Wolf Survive and Kiko albums were critical favorites and the band has endured as a top live act.

The stuttering recitation of Chaka Khan’s name was a signature of her 1984 hit I Feel For You. The JB’s well-disciplined tightness and supreme funk made them among the most sampled artists in music. Midwestern favorites Cheap Trick’s Beatles-at-top-volume sound became a hit after they traveled to Japan and made a live album before an enthusiastic audience.

Artists are eligible for the hall 25 years after their first music is released. Acts nominated in their first year of eligibility, like Green Day last year, usually are slam dunks for inclusion but no one fits that bill this year.

Of the returning nominees, Los Angeles rappers NWA received a major publicity boost through the move Straight Outta Compton. This is the fourth year in a row they’ve been nominated.

The nomination process hasn’t resulted in Good Times for Chic. This marks their 10th time as a nominee; no other artist has been nominated so many times without induction.

The Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum generally inducts five performers a year, along with separately considered inductees in categories like non-performers or early influences. The induction ceremony will be in New York in April, at a venue and date to be announced later, and HBO will televise it at a later date.

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