A couple of first-time nominees are looking to earn a ticket to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. Guns N' Roses made their debut on the short list, as did Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Cure, and hip-hop icons Eric B. & Rakim. Artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first single, but not everyone gets a Rock Hall nomination right away. Despite getting their start well before 1986, the Spinners, Freddie King, Heart, Rufus with Chaka Khan and the Small Faces/Faces all got their first nods this year. Keyboardist for both the Small Faces and Faces Ian McLagan told Billboard.com that "it's about bloody time" they make the cut. He added, quote, "it's a dollar short and many years too late -- but I'll take it."

Other acts returning for another shot at induction include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beastie Boys, Donna Summer, Donovan, Laura Nyro and War. The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are expected to be announced in the coming weeks with a formal induction ceremony scheduled for April 14th at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.