Rock Hall of Fame nominees announced
New York - Long ago, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts professed their love for rock 'n' roll. It's time to see if the feeling runs both ways.
The iconic rock act is one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for the 2012 class released Tuesday - a list that features women prominently among the first-timers.
Joining Jett, whose I Love Rock 'n' Roll remains a classic rock standard 30 years after its release, are sister act Heart and Rufus with Chaka Khan.
They're under consideration along with Guns 'N Roses, hip-hop pioneers Eric B & Rakim, The Cure and The Small Faces/The Faces, which includes Rod Stewart. Bluesman Freddie King and The Spinners are also first-time nominees on the ballot for the hall's 2012 class.
Previous nominees up again include The Beastie Boys, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Donna Summer.
An act must have released its first single or album 25 years ago to qualify for induction. More than 500 voters will pick who makes the hall. New members will be inducted at the hall of fame in Cleveland on April 14.
The leather-clad, tough-as-nails Jett was an early icon for women. A founding member of the all-female The Runaways, she went on to become a chart-topping success after forming the Heartbreakers in 1982.
Heart similarly made an indelible mark on the rock scene of the 1970s and '80s. Among the first women to front an aggressive rock band, singer Ann Wilson and her sister, guitarist Nancy Wilson, cut some of the era's most memorable songs, from Barracuda to Magic Man, and inspired a generation of women along the way.
Then a teen, Khan burst on the scene with the Chicago-based Rufus in the 1970s. She defied easy categorisation, moving easily between R&B, rock and disco before going on to an enviable solo career.