Metallica, Run-DMC up for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:07pm EDT
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By Michelle Nichols

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hip Hop group Run-DMC, heavy metal band Metallica and musician/songwriter Bobby Womack are among nine nominees announced on Monday vying for five spots in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Guitarist Jeff Beck, disco and R&B band Chic, rock and roll singer Wanda Jackson, doo-wop group Little Anthony and the Imperials, rock band The Stooges, and the California funk band War were also nominated.

Artists become eligible for the Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first single or album and are represented in an exhibition at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

More than 500 music industry professionals will choose five of the nominees for the 24th annual induction on April 4 in Cleveland. The inductees will be announced in January.

New York hip hop group Run-DMC are credited with setting the "template for modern hip-hop, from their everyday-teenager style to their blazing live shows to a catalogue of classic songs that few rappers have matched," the Hall of Fame Foundation said in a statement.

Founded in the 1980s by Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels and Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell, the group's hits include "It's Like That," "It's Tricky" and "Walk This Way," their collaboration with Aerosmith.

Los Angeles band Metallica -- founded by vocalist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich -- rose "to become the most successful and acclaimed heavy metal band of their era - a position they've consistently held for over a quarter century," the foundation said.

DISCO TO DOO-WOP   Continued...

<p>Hip-hop artist Reverend Run of Run DMC waits backstage before the Betsey Johnson fall collections 2007 during New York Fashion Week, February 6, 2007. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly</p>