Janet Jackson among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

Janet Jackson, N.W.A, Nine Inch Nails, Chicago, the Smiths, and Cheap Trick are just a few of the acts vying to enter the Class of 2016. They are joined by Chic, Deep Purple, Chaka Khan, Yes, The J.B.’s, Los Lobos, Steve Miller, The Spinners and The Cars.

A few of the performers have been nominated before, including the group Chic, which has now been tapped 10 times without yet having been inducted.

But it’s the first time for Janet Jackson, who recently released her first album in seven years and launched a tour. Other first-timers to the list include Chicago, Steve Miller, Chaka Khan, Cheap Trick, The Cars, The J.B.’s, and Los Lobos.

To be eligible for the current ballot, artists or bands must have released their first single or album in 1990 or earlier.

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