AC/DC, Michael Jackson, Aerosmith Nominated For Rock Hall

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should get a healthy infusion of '70s punk and hard rock next year, as AC/DC, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, New York Dolls, Patti Smith, and Lou Reed are among the 16 artists who have been tapped for possible induction for the Class of 2001.

Others acts being considered for elevation into the Rock Hall include Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steely Dan, Queen, Bob Seger, Ritchie Valens, Solomon Burke, Brenda Lee, and The Flamingos, according to The Associated Press.

The third time will hopefully be the charm for Black Sabbath, Steely Dan, Ritchie Valens, and Solomon Burke, as they have missed making the final cut in the past two years.

Aerosmith, Lou Reed, Queen, and The Flamingos have also appeared on previous ballots as well (see "Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Queen, Clapton Lead List Of Nominees For Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Class Of 2000").

If Sabbath

does make the final cut, it would do so despite the protestations of the venerable Ozzy Osbourne, who last year asked for Sabbath to be removed from consideration because induction is "not voted on by the fans" (see "Ozzy Wants Sabbath's Name Removed From 'Meaningless' Hall Of Fame Ballot").

A panel of 800 music industry professionals will vote on the nominees over the next several weeks, although a formal induction announcement likely won't be made until November or December. Bands and artists are eligible for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 25 years after the release of their first recording.

Jackson, Simon, and Reed look to join a select group of artists who have been previously inducted for their earlier work in other acts.

Michael Jackson was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1997 as a member of the Jackson 5, Paul Simon was selected in 1990 as one-half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, and Lou

Reed was honored in 1996 for his work in the Velvet Underground.