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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2010 Nominees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the 2010 nominees. The diverse list includes Abba, The Chantels, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, The Hollies, Kiss, LL Cool J, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Stooges and Donna Summer.

To be eligible for nomination, an act must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination, meaning this year’s nominees released their first single no later than 1984.

LL Cool J and Red Hot Chili Peppers made their way onto the ballot in their first year of eligibility. If LL Cool J receives induction honors, he’ll be only the third hip-hop act to get into the Hall, following in the footsteps of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five and Run-DMC.

Cliff, Kiss, Genesis, the Hollies and Nyro are also first-time nominees.

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons clearly didn’t appreciate being overlooked for the Hall a year ago, speaking out about the snub during a speech at the Billboard Touring Conference last November.

“There are disco bands, rap bands, Yiddish folk song bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but not Kiss,” he said. “I believe we have more gold records in America than any other group, but it’s OK.”

The five acts with the most votes will be announced in January, with their induction ceremony to follow March 15, 2010 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

To learn more about the nominees, click here now.

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