Hard-rock bands Queen and Aerosmith, blues-rock
guitarist Eric Clapton and punk forebear Lou Reed are
among this year's nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, according
to a source familiar with the nomination process. Also up the nominating
ballot: metal band Black Sabbath, soul singer Solomon
Burke, R&B bands Earth, Wind and Fire and the O'Jays,
doo-wop group the Moonglows, '60s pop-rockers the Lovin'
Spoonful, blues-rocker Bonnie Raitt, singer/songwriter
James Taylor, '70s studio rockers Steely Dan and late
1950s singer Ritchie Valens. Performers are eligible for the Hall
of Fame 25 years after their first album is released. More than 800
writers, artists, producers, broadcasters and music-industry executives
vote on the nominees.