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Rush among nominees to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Canadian band Rush is among the nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and for the first time ever, fans can vote for their favourites.

The list of possible candidates for 2013 – including Deep Purple, Public Enemy and N.W.A. – are available online. Fans can choose their top five nominees, with voting closing on Dec. 3.

The other nominees are The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Albert King, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, The Meters, Randy Newman, Procol Harum and Donna Summer.

Newman, who is best known for his Disney songs, and Summer, known as the Queen of Disco, may seem unlikely choices for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – not to mention rap groups Public Enemy and N.W.A. – but not to the organization’s president.

“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,” Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said in a statement.

“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 induction ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on April 18, 2013.

Click here to vote online.