Released Wednesday, the list of 12 nominees includes Genesis, which has been eligible since 1993, and KISS, eligible since 1999.
A group of more than 500 musicians and industry insiders will cast ballots and the five that get the most votes will be inducted.
In a just world, Genesis and KISS should make it in before some of the other nominees, including pop group ABBA, disco queen Donna Summer and rapper LL Cool J. But the Rock Hall has been very controversial for the acts it inducts and those it snubs.
The other nominees for the 2010 class are: Darlene Love, Jimmy Cliff, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Chantels, the Hollies, and the Stooges.
The winners will be announced in January.
Here’s my list of the 12 most overlooked artists for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and their year of eligibility.
- Genesis (1993)
- Yes (1994)
- Rush (1998)
- KISS (1999)
- Journey (2000)
- Boston (2001)
- Heart (2001)
- The Damned (2001)
- The Cars (2003)
- The Cure (2003)
- Def Leppard (2004)
- INXS (2005)
Photo: Rock band KISS poses in May 2009 photo