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Boston's J. Geils, The Cars tapped for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

05 October 2017

Inductees will be announced in December with the ceremony set for Cleveland, Ohio, on April 14.

Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, while Bay Shore native LL Cool J is on the museum's long list for the fourth time.

Other nominees for the Rock Hall's 2018 class that have never been nominated include Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Kate Bush, and Eurythmics.

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This is the fourth Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination for the Meters after previous nominations in 1997, 2013, and 2014.

Ballots will be sent to an global voting body of more than 900 artists, historians and members of the music industry. 2015's excellent documentary "What Happened, Miss Simone?" highlighted her traumatic life and far-reaching influence in jazz and beyond.

Chuck, whose book "Chuck D Presents This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History" hits stores on Tuesday, said he thought LL should have been inducted into the Rock Hall before Tupac Shakur, who was honored this year.

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The induction ceremony, open to the ticket-buying public, is taking place at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, which is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Ed O'Brien added, "It seems very showbiz". Excerpts from the show will be broadcast later by HBO.

The funk band Chic, which has a record 11 failed nominations, is also absent, a year after its creative engine, Nile Rodgers, was given something of a consolation prize in the form of the hall's award for musical excellence.

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Boston's J. Geils, The Cars tapped for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame